Caribbean Medical Journal (Feb 2023)

Digital Transformation and Healthcare Innovation in the Caribbean

  • Damion Basdeo ,
  • Jonathan Noël


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Healthcare systems across the globe vary in their strengths and also areas for improvement. There is a paradigm shift in the efficiency of data processing and healthcare decision-making. This is due to the digital transformation including the increasing use of electronic medical record (EMR) systems. One of the obstacles in implementing digital transformation in the Caribbean is cost. According to the Inter-American Developmental Bank (IDB), healthcare will be positively impacted and the cost to productivity will decrease long term. This has benefits for the Caribbean, by improving operations, boosting clinical efficiency and decreasing the requisite government expenditure. The ultimate aim is to provide Caribbean patients a robust service that is commensurate with 21st century global practice.