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Hospital Staff Allocated IPAD Air tablets

Hospital Staff Allocated IPAD Air tabletsAntigua St. John's - The widespread adoption and use of mobile technologies is opening new and innovative ways to improve health and health care delivery.

As such, the Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology continues to work along with the management at Mount St John’s Medical Center (MSJMC) to upgrade the information technology hardware and infrastructure at the hospital.

On Friday medical interns, physicians, EMTs and nurses at the facility were allocated IPAD Air tablets along with high speed internet under the Human Entrepreneurship and Assistive Resource Technologies (HEART) project.



HEART is spearheaded by the Ministry of Telecommunications, Science and Technology in collaboration with Telecoms Company LIME.

One of the components of the multi-faceted project is the allocation of IPAD Air tablets along with high speed internet to established and non-established civil servants.

In excess of one thousand devices will be allocated to public servants across various Ministries over the next few weeks.
 
After receiving the device, Dr Saleem Hughes noted there are many apps designed for not only patients but doctors. She indicated the wide array of health apps are all impacting on the way doctors and patients approach healthcare in the technological era.

Director of Nursing, Janet Deshong said the tablets can help the nursing staff in a myriad of ways including coordinating care and accessing a wide variety of medical databases.

Minister of Telecommunications, Science and Technology Dr. Hon. Edmond Mansoor said cutting-edge technology is a pre-requisite in building upon the knowledge economy.

“We are ensuring that in all of the operations of government people can leverage on technology in a real way. So it should come as no surprise to you that over the past few weeks under the HEART project we have begun putting in hardware and specialized software in the district medical clinics.” Dr. Mansoor said.
The Ministry’s deploying of hardware to all medical clinics in Antigua complements a move by MSJMC to eventually have all the district clinics networked to the hospitals Radiology Department.

Under HEART the Ministry has also placed open wi-fi signals in all waiting areas at the 185- bed facility.

LIME has committed nine million EC dollars to the HEART project.

Additionally LIME will shortly launch a new 4G LTE platform, resulting in Antigua and Barbuda becoming the only country in the Caribbean to have two separate and distinct 4G LTE networks.


Reporting by Caribarena news, publishing by Ofer Shaked.

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RE: Hospital Staff Allocated IPAD Air tablets

#20 youth » 2014-05-12 19:56

You Antiguans are so sick. Nothing positive that the Government do is never right. I wish I was living in Antigua to get those benefits. You all do know who bless your country is. Mr. Spencer and the rest of your government hold your heads up high. I admire you greatly, you continue to put God first, then your people even though they are ungrateful and your country will continue to be Bless. Antigua who are christian if you love your country as you say you will put that government that put your country back in good standing for another term.
God bless the Government of Antigua, I wish you where my government.

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RE: Hospital Staff Allocated IPAD Air tablets

#19 Nitpicky » 2014-05-12 18:43

total bs....
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How to use iPads

#18 Che » 2014-05-12 07:04

iPads are good 21st technology tools but its how they are used that will be my concern. If they are used for training then good. If they are just elections giveaways then bad. See how they are used intelligently from this link.
www.cio.com/article/748212/Will_iPads_in_the_Classroom_Make_the_Grade_for_Students_and_Teachers_
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RE: Hospital Staff Allocated IPAD Air tablets

#17 Rastaman » 2014-05-11 11:08

Did Poor struggling Antigua and Barbuda give interns from the US, INDIA, South AFRICA ETC. and other wealthy nations FREE IPADS? And then brag about it. There is a new synonym for stupidity MANSOOR
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@ Meigo Man

#16 Skyewill » 2014-05-11 11:04

So if I was to buy a loaf of bread, a tin of sardines, one pound of okra, and 2 packs of kool aide how much Ipads do I owe you? And I have been looking to get a truck from your uncle Hadeed and you ask him to take off 500 ipads so I can afford the pickup? I only have 3 I pads and I am going to APUA to pay the dirty water bill.
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Currency!

#15 Meigo Man » 2014-05-11 07:45

Antigua have more I-Pad than cash! Let's just do away with cash and make I-Pads the legal currency of Antigua and Barbuda!

Then we could make Masour's store the "treasury" to order and distribute the I-Pads on behalf of the government?

Can't you people see what's really going on here? No wonder these guys want to do anything to prevent losing the elections!
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#14 DadliMan » 2014-05-11 07:43

This is an amazing administration. They just seem to have a knack for getting everything wrong. At a time when the central government's delinquency is hampering the delivery of healthcare to the population, they have prioritised an election gimmick to give away tablets?

For more than a year MSJMC has had to limp along on 1 Million per month from MBS while the central government finds more important things on which to waste money. Today, if you suffer a head injury and need a CT-Scan, even though you are hospitalised, you have to pay out of your pocket for the tests to be done at Belmont Clinic. If you do not have the money you will have to do without the potentially life saving test. Same thing for X-Rays and simple blood tests.

MSJMC is a complete disaster but the government is least concerned about that.
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@ Jumbee Picknee

#13 Duncy Bat Too » 2014-05-11 07:38

Well if the I-Pad can't help keep the "young boy down south" up, you may have to make do with the tried and proven "lap-it-up" you may have taste for the Apple type? :-* :-* :-*
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#12 NYC » 2014-05-11 06:20

Do you all got so much money in your treasury to be giving away all these iPads? Can you send a few up here? I cannot afford one. UPP should not be spending all this money left in the treasury at this time so close to the elections. Then I guess they looking after the people they have forgotten about for 10 years so this will rally the votes. Mansour real confident UPP winning.
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Antigua woman

#11 Antigua woman » 2014-05-10 21:31

Jaba you are right on target.
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...hail gramps...waddup?

#10 Jumbee Picknee » 2014-05-10 15:29

My grandfather, who is a blind as 'Duncy Bat...' heard his great grand daughter reading this article and the comments and chimed in...

"I keep hearing, this word tablet or ipad. I know that my sight is going, my hearing is so and so, I got dentures but the young boy down south can still raise its head like a cobra getting ready to strike, especially when I take two of those little round blue tablets. However, these tablets are big, white and square. They must be very hard to swallow but can I still have a few? I'll just hobble to the pond and drink lots of water. One of these tablets should keep the young boy down south, up all night. Hi honey, I took one of those free Mansoor tablets and I am cuming to give you a good, old fashioned, all night long sessions on I pad.

Gramps, Gramps, Gramps, wake up! These tablets cannot be taken by mouth. They only keep track of things...

Are you trying to tell me, that at my age, I have to keep track of every time I cum? Give me back my little blue tablets, Mansoor is making my brains sore with this giveaway crap.
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#9 Rastaman » 2014-05-10 10:37

WAIT A SEC INTERNS ALREADY HAVE IDAPS DOCTORS CAN AFFORD THEM NOT SURE HOW THE NURSES WILL USE THEM IN APPLYING THEIR SKILLS. SOMEONE IN ANTIGUA IS RAW CRAZY!!!!! WHY NOT MAKE THEM AFFORDABLE FOR WHOSOEVER WILL MAY COME TO PURCHASE.
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#8 GiveMeABreak » 2014-05-10 09:47

Really???!!! This is ridiculous!
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#7 Onlooker » 2014-05-10 09:40

Oh no!!! The wrong order of TABLETS was delivered to MSJMC!! It should have been medicinal tablets for patients and not technological tablets!!!
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Let the truth be told

#6 IMF » 2014-05-10 09:31

This is what UPP come to trying to buy votes? Give the people a job allow them to purchase what they want not for hand out at election time in an effort to get votes. I know the Antiguan public are smarter than that.
Imagine this tablet cannot make the sick well but they giving it. After election income tax will include everyone once you are employed, social security will increase pension age to 65 years, no more uniform,port workers will go home, increase the cost of school meal, no tax exemption, no new jobs. They cannot pay the water company or West Indies Oil .This time the IMF will say Antigua GONE.
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What a waste

#5 Jaba » 2014-05-10 09:13

What a watste, if mansoor was thinking sensibly he would have first developed a data portal for the hospital so the tablets could be used to replace the regular charts, patients records, medical history and medicine requirements could be obtained straight from the tablet, but this is just a marketing ploy, nobody really benefits other than lime, Facebook and YouTube, next headline "homeless addicts receive iPads"
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At last!

#4 Duncy Bat Too » 2014-05-10 08:54

For too long the Pharmacy at the Hospital has been complaining of a shortage of tablets!

All that is left now is to get the diagnostic equipment working and the medical personnel salaries paid on time!
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#3 onlooker » 2014-05-10 08:39

Maybe there ate some free apps that provide virtual medicines for the patients!! Give me a break with all these tablets and no structure or plan in place so as to use them effectively.
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Give me an asprin

#2 Skyewill » 2014-05-10 06:53

Sorry Mr. Patient we have no Asprin but you can play with my ipad.

Patient - Nurse, I am thirsty and I need a bath May I have a glass of water.

Nurse - Sorry but our water his off until next week would you like to look at my tablet instead.

Patient - Nurse me want to Poo poo can I have some toilet paper please

Nurse - Sorry we ran out of toilet paper in 2009, Here, take my Ipad and wipe you **.

Step right up folks, get your free Ipad in time for election, Yes folks the Ipad is very versatile, it slices and dices and for a limited time get one free and get one free. No shipping or handling charges. REMEMBER, VOTE RESPONSIBLY.
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Don't forget they need medicine and lab work-dang!

#1 Che » 2014-05-10 05:42

I'll rather medicine and labs to do my works. My hope however, they will not playing games with these toys and watching YouTube and following Facebook and Twitter and forgetting the patients. Go figure.
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