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Call for centralized medical record system

The lack of a centralized medical record system or digitalized records at hospitals in the DR was exposed following the recent destruction of medical records at the Luis Eduardo Aybar Public Hospital that was demolished for the construction of a new medical center at the site. El Dia reports that very few hospitals digitalize patient records. It writes that the problem is that if a patient is treated at different hospitals, the doctors will not have access to the patient’s medical history. El Dia reports that of the country’s public hospitals, the largest hospital in Santiago, the Jose Maria Cabral y Baez, the Juan Bosch Trauma Hospital on Duarte Highway, the Marcelino Velez in Herrera, Santo Domingo and the Ney Arias Lora are among those where records are digitalized. This is in addition to the Plaza de la Salud public medical facility in Santo Domingo. El Dia reports that the records at the Padre Billini in the Colonial City and the Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital are filed manually.

El Dia reports that insured patients have more details filed on them by their medical providers (ARS).

Plaza de la Salud director Julio Castanos Guzman and Robert Reid Children’s Hospital deputy director Clemente Terrero are in favor of creating a centralized national registry so that a patient can receive treatment at any hospital and the doctors can call up their medical record.

Plaza de la Salud director Dr. Julio Amado Castanos Guzman, nevertheless, says he is against the National General Archives (AGN) keeping medical records of people collected by hospitals here. At the same time, he said that only people authorized by the patients should have access to the medical records. He said that patients have the right to confidentiality. He was critical of the destruction of hundreds of patient medical records and called for the introduction of a centralized filing system.

Source: DR1. Hoy

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Last updated October 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM
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