• Health,  Lifestyle

    Jamaicans Moving Towards Self-Care

    Last week, my company was involved in the Medical Association of Jamaica’s (MAJ) annual symposium, which allowed businesses in the field of health care to display their latest product offerings. I was pleased to see a few involved in health technology like myself. It tells me that the market is really changing as we are beginning to embrace technology more and more and understanding its importance to the health-care business. I was also impressed with the receptiveness of the audience which primarily consisted of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, medical technicians and even some outside of the medical field. As we went through the technology offerings with them, it struck me how much we have changed in…

  • Health

    Should we use Remote Health Tracking for our Security Forces?

    When I heard about the sudden death of Acting Commissioner of Police Winchroy Budhoo, I immediately thought of all the good members of the security forces who continue to make tremendous sacrifice to protect and serve us. The following week there was a report that a correctional officer allegedly shot and stabbed his wife during a domestic dispute. Let’s be real, to be part of the law-enforcement team in this country means a tremendous amount of stress. The mental health, as we have seen through several unfortunate incidents, can be fragile, which also translates to the fragility of the physical health and well-being. As many studies have indicated, high stress levels tend to…

  • Health

    The Importance & Benefits of E-Prescriptions

    There is no doubt that the world is changing dramatically, and Jamaica is not being left behind. Gone are the days when you have to stand in line at a store to purchase goods and acquire services. Jamaicans are now living in a technologically advanced world where we can do anything and go anywhere without changing our physical location. We now speak about life as if we are on an assembly line where efficiency is paramount and saving time and money crucial. This transformation is also taking place in thehealth care industry. Telemedicine is set to take off globally and will allow us to access health care anyplace, anytime. Electronic prescription is an…

  • Health,  Tech

    Great Prospects For TeleMedicine

    Last year, I attended the annual Health Information Management Systems Conference in Orlando, Florida (HIMSS17). This was my second year, and apart from my company being the only Jamaican company represented among hundreds of the best technology companies in the world, I was quite excited when I visited the various booths and saw the very impressive offerings. One thing that really stood out for me was the linkages that could be made with what we have in Jamaica and the technology available elsewhere to propel the telemedicine industry while increasing the reach of health care to our people. The Government has been talking about telemedicine for a long time. In…

  • Health,  Tech

    Health Meet Technology

    Health is by far one of the most important assets we can have as individuals. If we do not have good health, we pretty much have nothing. Mahatma Gandhi rightfully stated, “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” The prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, and the effect they have had on the population not just in Jamaica but worldwide, signals to us that we need a revolution in health to arrest this problem. Without a properly organised and implemented health-care delivery system, there can be no true sustainable development of our country and its…

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