Having to set aside an entire morning for a medical appointment at an EBAIS could be a thing of the past if the project Unique Digital Health Records (EDUS – Expediente Digital Unico en Salud) can be successfully implemented.
The project was presented by Tannia Tanchez, director of the Nicoya Health Area, during the Nicoya Municipal Council session on Monday, February 16.
EDUS is an information technology tool that enabled the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS – Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social) to have every user’s medical history in a digital database that can be accessed by any CCSS doctor in the country.
Tannia Tanchez explained that the first phase of the system will be applied to EBAIS facilities in San Martin, La Virginia, San Antonio, Quebrada Honda, Maquenco-Belen, and at the end of March, in Nosara.
“The idea with digital records is that the doctor here in Nicoya takes our information and that any doctor, anywhere in the country where digital records are used, can treat us. That allows medical care to be more agile and timely for everyone,” explained Tanchez.
The platform will enable users to request medical appointments via internet and to review which slots are available at their EBAIS. The system will also send reminders for the appointment via text message to avoid missed appointments.
“Of approximately 56,000 Nicoya residents, about half are affiliated in the system. The affiliation is made at each EBAIS and users must present their personal information and be insured,” indicated Tanchez.
Users can currently request an appointment at edus.ccss.sa.cr/eduscitasweb/citas/listarEbais.jsf