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Guyana Revamps Its Health Information System with I-TECH Support

Guyana Ministry of Public Health’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Boyle. Photo courtesy of Kaieteur News.

The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) recently partnered with the Ministry of Public Health in Guyana and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to launch a new health information system (HIS) that will protect patients’ privacy, maintain confidentiality, and provide security for sensitive data.

In an article in Guyana’s Kaieteur News, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Boyle, described how health officials hope to reduce health service quality inequities between coastal regions and other parts of the country as part of the national 2020 plan, in part by reducing waiting time for medical services and improving patient health literacy. Dr. Boyle stated they expect to “improve access to health information” and allow for “shared responsibility” for health care decision-making by providers and patients.

The health information upgrade is also being supported by PAHO (the Pan-American Health Organization), UNAIDS, and local collaborating partners such as the University of Guyana, e-Government, the National Insurance Scheme, and the Government Technical Institute (GTI).