The Ministry of Health has been moving towards greater use of health information systems in order to improve the delivery of health care and health outcomes in Dominica. This effort is in tandem with government’s efforts to introduce information and communication technology solutions in health (E-Health).
To this end, a collaborative effort between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Bank funded E-Government for Regional Integration Project (EGRIP), being implemented by the OECS through its Regional Electronic Government Unit (REGU) has been established in an effort to conduct an assessment of the information systems for health in Dominica using internationally validated and recognized tools.
Participants Health Metrics Network Workshop and Assessment
A two-day (Feb 23-24) Health Information System Assessment Training workshop was organized by the Health Information Unit of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with PAHO. The main goal was to introduce two internationally validated tools; the Health Metrics Network (HMN), a World Health Organization (WHO) developed tool and PRISM. Participants were invited from Antigua, St Lucia, St Kitts and Grenada.
The Hon Julius Timothy, Minister of Health in Dominica, delivered the feature address, and declared the workshop open. Dr Paul Ricketts, National Epidemiologist, provided a comprehensive perspective of the Health Information System in Dominica outlining the direction in which the Ministry of Health desires the system to move in the future. Dr Gabriel Vivas, Health Systems and Services Advisor to PAHO/ECC provided a comprehensive overview of the workshop and congratulated Dominica and the other participating OECS territories for this forward approach to improving health services. The team from E-GRIP was led by Project manager, Ms Karlene Francis. Twenty-nine health care professional who are critical to the Health Information System participated in this training.
The two days familiarization workshop set the platform for conducting the HMN assessment on Feb 25th. Forty-eight persons from the Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies participated in the exercise, using the HMN tool, facilitated by the PAHO consultants who conducted the training workshop.
The report of this assessment is pending while plans are on the way to do the second assessment using the PRISM tool.