Laura Chinchilla criticized for the delay in CCSS going digital

The president was surprised by the digitization of medical records in South Korea – she said yesterday that Costa Rica could move with the same goal but only if the CCSS seeks help abroad.

By the way, the president threw criticisms of the Social Security Fund (CCSS) for trying to implement the digital file “20,000 times” and investing “all the money of the world” without completing.

Chinchilla is quoted in an interview after visiting the National University Hospital in Korea, which is completely digitized.

There the patients pass a card reader data, ATM-like structures and can then see their medical records.

In Costa Rica the records of the CCSS policy holders are still paper.

Can we aspire to something similar? “Yes we can, and we have had some progress, provided that the Fund renounce doing things in house,” said the president.

“That’s been the big problem of the CCSS: believe. But part of the problem of many public institutions is that they think they can do everything, and have the form to resolve and respond to all problems, when there are many countries in the world, many companies and many practices that have gotten ten twenty years earlier.

According to Chinchilla, she spoke with the leadership of the Fund on the issue and this has proved willing. She added that Radiographic Costarricense (ICE) “might be the agency that we can make a pass to a wide procurement of electronic file.”

The CCSS decided to move towards the Single Digital Health Record (EDUs) since 1998, 14 years ago, but has not completed. Weeks ago, reported that it expected to invest ¢ 30,000 million from now until 2017, when it is expected to be ready on a definitive plan.

The EDUS would schedule appointments, schedules medical, disability and drug delivery also prevent the loss of medical examinations.

Ileana Balmaceda, president of the CCSS, said yesterday that the company has already achieved a major advance in the electronic file that this already works in Alajuelita, Puntarenas and Esparza center.

However, she said that the speed for mass system depends on the “diagnoses” Racsa done to determine how many points-computer-network requires each unit of care (Ebais or clinic), to access the computer application.

Balmaceda said that to date there are 30 health areas diagnosed. The Fund has Ebais 1111, which constitute the first objective coverage in the first stage of EDUs.

The official claimed that they have asked deputies and other authorities resources National Telecommunications Fund (Fonatel) for the project, but has not received a response. Both the Constitutional Court and the Commission of Notables who analyzed the Fund criticized the national health system does not have the digital file.