The Costa Rican Social Security Department may have spent that amount on the Single Digital Health Record System.
An article in Revistaitnow.com reports that "The Social Security Department of Costa Rica (CCSS by its initials in Spanish) made the investment over a period of 5 years, through which it has implemented all the modules of its files in 30% of primary health care."
In January the Social Security Institute will start a search for a new medical records system.
"We will start to select the new system for electronic medical records with security controls and inventory for the entire country, according to international standards," said Oscar Garcia, manager of the Social Security Institute (IGSS).
President Chinchilla has learned about advances in the digitization of health services from Korean authorities, and urged the Social Security Institute to seek advice on the subject.
An opinion piece in Nacion.com details that "After visiting a hospital in Korea, where she could observe the benefits of electronic medical records, President Laura Chinchilla was frankly impatient with the Social Security Institute, whose intentions to adopt the Expediente Digital Único en Salud, EDUS, (Unique Digital Health Record) date from 1998. Fourteen years is a generous timeframe, but the advances have been few. The president, with a sense of urgency, has asked the Department to desist from developing the program in house and seek international assistance. "
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