How Safe is Barbados’ New Centralized Healthcare Information System

Screen Shot 2014-11-26 at 2.05.34 PMCaribbean government deploys a health information system (HIS) with the goal of improving the quality and coordination of patient care in the public health system. For all intents and purposes, expert consultants from Europe and the USA are brought down to implement the system, and to ensure that best practices for securing and protecting sensitive clinical data are used. The project is successfully completed, the consultants leave, and hand off day-to-day management of the system to the government’s IT staff.

The government has no overall IT security policies, procedures or guidelines to ensure that the system and the data housed in it continue to be secure and protected from malicious threats. MORE