Contributed by Viviane Coelho Lourenço, Information Systems and Digital Health expert

In times when health is undergoing a significant transformation, Digital Health gains space in the face of a scenario of crisis in the sector, accelerating the use of this strategy, as a solution for the improvement and expansion of the offer of health services, inserting the patient or client in the center of care1.

Grenada's Health Information System has been continually strengthened in the past 8 years, through strategic partnerships with entities and organizations such as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), St. George’s University (SGU), the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (NTRC), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Government Ministries and other official entities.

The quality of information on accidents and violence is often lacking. Sometimes there is no detail as to the type or intentionality of the external cause responsible for the injuries that caused the death. In these cases, it is only known that the death is due to external causes. This occurrence has been verified in about 10% of the total deaths due to accidents and violence in Brazil, reaching, in some areas, much higher values. In some localities, this distortion has been remedied or minimized with the help of information from other sources, such as medical records, necropsy reports or the use of newspaper articles.

In the General Hospital of Montemorelos, of Health Services of Nuevo Leon, OPD, the implementation of an electronic clinical record system has been carried out since 2015, with the intention of improving the quality of patient care by having easy access to medical notes by health professionals, better control of medicines and supplies and therefore a more efficient distribution and allocation of resources, as well as having more reliable statistics that allow for better decisions.

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