PRIMARY HEALTH CARE GETS ELECTRONIC IMMUNIZATION RECORD SYSTEM

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomed Mr. Hayden Hopkin, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Consultant, to the Turks and Caicos Islands.  Mr. Hopkin will be working with the Primary Health Care Department for the next five (5) months on the development and implementation of an Electronic Immunization Registry (EIR).  The system was introduced to the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Managers at their annual meeting in Grenada in November 2016. 

The demonstration was impressive and the TCI capitalized on the opportunity to request PAHO’s assistance in acquiring the system for the country, to further strengthen the already robust EPI program. The TCI along with three other Caribbean countries received a grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) through PAHO for the introduction and implementation of the system.

During Mr. Hopkin’s visit, he met with the Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services and senior members of the health team who will be involved in the process, along with other key stakeholders who will be the end users of this system.  Challenges with the current paper based system were identified and ways in which the system can be improved were presented to the group. 

The country also had the opportunity to request modification to the system which will cater to the needs of the TCI.  This system, allows a child’s immunization record to be accessed electronically from any participating clinic on any island in the TCI.  This will increase efficiency in locating child health data from 2012 going forward.

The visit was a success and we look forward to Mr. Hopkin’s next visit where the end users of the system will be trained.  The system is expected to be operational by November 2017.