Latest News

RGD conducting e-registration of births at 8 hospitals

Monday, January 22, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Registrar General's Department (RGD) has commenced electronic registration (e-registration) of births at eight hospitals across the island.

They are Spanish Town, St Catherine; Mandeville, Manchester; St Ann's Bay, St Ann; Cornwall Regional, St James; Victoria Jubilee, Kingston; Princess Margaret, St Thomas; Annotto Bay, Portland; and May Pen, Clarendon..

Speaking with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer at the RGD, Deirdre English Gosse, informed that registration officers and assistants who are stationed at the hospitals are equipped with tablets to collect information from new mothers.

The tablets were provided through support from the Universal Service Fund (USF).

“The information collected is verified by the mother, after which that data is uploaded to the RGD's database,” English Gosse explained.

Highlighting the benefits of e-registration, she noted that it will improve data collection and turnaround time for the processing of information as well as ensure greater accuracy of birth certificate data.

She further indicated that the transition from registration books to tablets to collect and enter information will result in savings to the agency.

English Gosse told JIS News that the e-registration process, which was officially launched in 2016 following pilot projects, is being well received.

She informed that the RGD is looking to reach four additional hospitals by the end of the year based on key factors, including the availability of secure Wi-Fi access in order to facilitate the uploading of information.

“Upon completion of a full roll-out of e-registration islandwide, the agency will be able to capture information of all live births into its database in a more efficient and accurate fashion,” English Gosse noted.

The RGD has made submission to the Chief Parliamentary Counsel (CPC) to amend the legislation governing the registration of births and deaths in order to facilitate e-registration.

While the necessary amendments are being awaited, the agency is conducting e-registration simultaneously with manual registration.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT