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Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Jamaican doctor ready to roll out health service technology using app http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaican-doctor-ready-to-roll-out-health-service-technology-using-app_87407 After 16 years of research and development, Dr Winston Davidson yesterday revealed that he is ready to launch medical technology that will revolutionalise the provision of health services in Jamaica, starting with the hospitality industry.<br /> <br /> Dr Davidson, conceptualiser of a telemedicine service that will be accessible using an app titled &lsquo;Doctor on Call&rsquo;, said &ldquo;It is a technology whose time has come&rdquo;, while explaining the functions of the service at the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. <br /> <br /> Renowned scientist Dr Henry Lowe, who chairs the Government-appointed Health and Wellness Committee, and committee member Dr Guyan Arscott, also addressed the Monday Exchange on Jamaica&rsquo;s move towards health and wellness tourism which, according to analysts, has potential earnings of US$3 trillion worldwide.<br /> <br /> Davidson, a medical doctor and respected wellness practitioner, said &lsquo;Doctor on Call&rsquo; will give people who need urgent medical care access to doctors around the clock, anywhere in the world, as long as they have the app on a smartphone.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re cycling as a tourist up in the hills and you get a chest pain, it&rsquo;s a phone call away to your doctor. If you&rsquo;re at a hotel and you dive and get a head injury, it&rsquo;s a phone call away. What it is able to do (is), once you get the instant response of the doctor, the doctor is in a position to do a triage to determine what needs to go immediately to a hospital, and what in fact can be treated at the particular site,&rdquo; he outlined.<br /> <br /> He stressed that health tourism needs this service, which he dubbed &lsquo;Anywhere care&rsquo;, as an overarching technology to advance the rollout of medical tourism in Jamaica if the country wants to capture its share of the global health and wellness tourism market.<br /> <br /> Dr Davidson noted that the use of the service will come at no cost to the hotels whose guests will benefit. Doctor on Call will provide medical coverage for hotels &ldquo;seamlessly and at the lowest possible cost&rdquo;, Dr Davidson said. &ldquo;You can call a doctor or you can call your doctor if he/she is on the system. Even if you&rsquo;re on a plane you can call your doctor who knows your case,&rdquo; he added, emphasising that the system uses video technology, a global best practice in telemedicine. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Because it&rsquo;s video-conferencing, you actually see the patient, the patient sees you, and you&rsquo;re able to zero in on the problem, and to prepare (for the arrival of an ambulance, etc),&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> Prescriptions can also be written and automatically transmitted to the patient&rsquo;s mobile device. &ldquo;Once the prescription is generated, it has all the standards needed, including the doctor&rsquo;s registration number. It not only has the doctor&rsquo;s signature, but it is typed (for clarity) and it&rsquo;s a question of either downloading it or sending it to the pharmacy of your choice,&rdquo; Dr Davidson said.<br /> <br /> Davidson, Lowe and Arscott expressed confidence in the efficacy of the technology, with Davidson pointing to the importance of the security of the patient/doctor relationship. The data is therefore cloud-based, making it safe from hacking, he assured.<br /> <br /> Another benefit of the service is that data can be integrated into the patient&rsquo;s notes anywhere in the world once there is access to the application program interface of the person&rsquo;s electronic medical records. <br /> <br /> Insurance companies can benefit from the spin-offs of Doctor on Call as well, Davidson said. &ldquo;This technology creates a new opening for a new kind of health insurance if an insurance company is really innovative. First of all, because it&rsquo;s video-conferencing, it qualifies internationally for health insurance contributions,&rdquo; he stated, noting for example that companies could offer packages tailored for demographics that are likely to use the technology.<br /> <br /> A pilot of Doctor on Call is to be rolled out later this year, but Davidson noted that the service will not be restricted to the hospitality industry, as it can also prove very useful in other areas. &ldquo;Every category of doctor can use this particular facility. Say, for example, you have a psychiatric patient in prison, you can use this facility to see the patient, communicate with the patient, and treat the patient,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He assured that the platform for the app has been tried and proven and is stable. &ldquo;Anywhere care is already poised to be the wave of the future for the delivery of medical care,&rdquo; he stated.<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13593071/254112_80951_sld.jpg Local News Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM Jamaica targets US$3 trillion health & wellness tourism market http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Jamaica-targets-US-3-trillion-health---wellness-tourism-market_87392 JAMAICA is often marketed to tourists for the sun, sand and the sea, but there is a new and serious push by the Government to broaden the scope of the tourism landscape by tapping into the US$3 trillion health and wellness industry by year-end. <br /> <br /> Medical Tourism Magazine defines health and wellness tourism as tourism that includes travelling both nationally and internationally to places and facilities such as hospitals, clinics, thermae, thalasso, wellness spas, fitness centres, and wellness resorts.<br /> <br /> With focus on destination spas in Jamaica, members of the Government-appointed Health and Wellness Network Committee, tasked with developing the conceptual framework, said that efforts are being made to improve some mineral spa facilities in the country. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;There are many spas, but in Jamaica we have two specific spas that are related to mineral water and, to a certain extent, radioactivity in those mineral waters. There is a subunit of tourists, particularly from Europe, that is well used to the spa concept, and in Europe we know that we have spa towns and the whole town revolves around that mineral spa,&rdquo; Dr Guyan Arscott told yesterday&rsquo;s<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange at the newspaper&rsquo;s Beechwood Avenue headquarters in Kingston.<br /> <br /> He said that attention would be paid to Milk River Mineral Bath in Clarendon and Bath Fountain in St Thomas, which he labelled as well renowned and sought after for the maintenance of wellness. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Health and wellness tourism has some differences. We have visitors who are attracted to this market who might want to restore health, and this could be rejuvenating, it could be corrective, it could be constructive, and you have another set that will want to maintain wellness, so you can see there is a vast array that we can contribute,&rdquo; he explained. <br /> <br /> Noting that health and wellness is &ldquo;wide and open&rdquo; in many other countries, Arscott stated that Jamaica boasts some of the best attractions. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Not many countries have the potency of our mineral baths. In fact, we probably are in the top five or the top three. Where we are falling down in that our infrastructure needs significant enhancement for the product to be marketed properly,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The ingredients that make them are there, and they are better than anything in Thailand, better than anything in Costa Rica, and there are a few in Europe that would compete, but the water virtually trickles out in their spas. We have running mineral streams here. So I think that is the major difference.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Stemming from this new thrust, Arscott spoke of a potential for the development of communities through heritage tourism, culture tourism, eco-tourism, and the culinary arts.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The towns that surround these areas, particularly these two mineral spas, they are almost derelict in a way; employment is low and this is a chance to get community tourism in a realistic way so that the community can be a part of it. They can contribute, they can provide food and services, and they can have members of the community trained to develop health and wellness skills&hellip; So this is the thrust and this is the new dawn that we think can break open health and wellness as a niche market,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;So where you could have health and wellness as a niche market, a visitor or members of our society can go to these destinations, be given the treatment that these mineral healing waters can provide to the mind and to the body, and then have additional activities. For example, in the Milk River area we know that there are some heritage sites which they can be taken out on tours; there&rsquo;s the lovely river that long ago we used to have boat trips that come up from the sea and they could ride in the boats with music up to the mineral spa. They can spend time at the mineral spa, be addressed with spa services, [and] other basic medical services that have to do with safe outpatient-type procedures, particularly to do with reconstructive or rejuvenating surgery, and dental services. The whole thrust on medical tourism can dovetail quite easily into health and wellness so that any member of the diaspora or the wider market that comes into this country for medical tourism or for care can be enhanced with the wellness concept in one of these mineral spas or in one of the other local spas. <br /> <br /> However, Arscott pointed out that poor infrastructure depleted Jamaica&rsquo;s competitiveness worldwide. With regards to infrastructure, Dr Henry Lowe, chairman of the Health and Wellness Network Committee, stated that the team has been inventory mapping. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are looking at a research in the inventory, what it is that we have on the ground, what we need to develop, what we need to grow. We know we have got excellent mineral spas and so on, which are second to none...which need to be developed,&rdquo; Dr Lowe said. <br /> <br /> He added that standards will be generated to ensure an exceptional quality product. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Of course, we have to look at standards, because although we are looking at this as a domestic thing, it&rsquo;s an export industry, and anything in today&rsquo;s world that is an export industry must have standards. And many of the things that will need to be developed and enhanced are not there yet, so we have to get that going. And beyond there, we have things like knowing exactly where we are [and] what we have on the ground in terms of the resources that can be used in this thrust,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> Health and wellness tourism, according to Dr Lowe, &ldquo;is growing and developing&rdquo;, therefore people need to support it. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;The health and wellness is where we are special, and we are poised for greater growth and development,&rdquo; he said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13593109/254116_80953_sld.jpg Local News Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM Legend lights up with Stylez http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Legend-lights-up-with-Stylez_87381 TEN years after collaborating with Buju Banton on the Can&rsquo;t Be My Lover remix, American R&B singer-songwriter John Legend is again teaming with another dancehall artiste.<br /> <br /> Legend has collaborated with on-the-rise deejay Stylez on Light Up the Night. Produced by Phat Boi, the track is due for release on February 3 via Blaze Entertainment Records.<br /> <br /> In an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer, Stylez explained how the collab came about.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Well, the management team that I&rsquo;m currently putting together now has to definitely get all the credit for this coming to life. So, John is basically a big fan of our music and culture as you know from his previous collaboration with Buju, so this is no surprise that he is at it again. This time with a little twist, his people had reached out to my management team inquiring about the next big thing that will emerge from Jamaica on to the mainstream and at the same time I had got my manager to also seek out major collaborations for me as well. So, long story short, it&rsquo;s right timing, great teamwork and perfect execution was the order of this coming into existence,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Asked what the feedback has been so far to the track, Stylez said: &ldquo;For those who have heard the record, so far they are very impressed on how I represented dancehall and Jamaica with such professionalism and didn&rsquo;t water down anything about my style, so all in all it has been great. Let&rsquo;s see what the public has to say when it&rsquo;s released on February 3.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Stylez, whose real name is Sheldon Ellington, is from Portmore in St Catherine. Prior to relocating to Portmore, he resided in several areas including Grants Pen, Rollington Town, Nannyville, Stony Hill and Dunkirk in East Kingston.<br /> <br /> He has been doing music professionally for the past 10 years. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;There is nothing new I can bring to music other than elaborative creativity. Like the saying goes, nothing is new under the sun so everything we hear and see has already been done. But to be politically correct and to answer your question, I&rsquo;m bringing me, Stylez,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> He is currently promoting the songs It&rsquo;s a Pitty, Tic a Little and Wrong Energy. <br /> <br /> Stylez recently performed at the LA Calibash Radio Fest in California alongside Latin artistes Farruko, Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592835/254050_80910_repro_entsld.jpg Local Entertainment Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM Seeking My Dream &mdash; Horse of the Year 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/Seeking-My-Dream---Horse-of-the-Year-2016_87352 For the second year in succession, the Derrick Smith-owned, Wayne DaCosta trained, Seeking My Dream was voted to wear the coveted crown of Horse of the Year for his exploits during the the 2016 racing year. <br /> <br /> Seeking My Dream was the overwhelming choice, receiving 14 of the 17 votes available, with Bigdaddykool polling three. Horse of the Year votes were cast by 14 members of the media plus three representatives from the promoting company, Caymanas Track Limited. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This ascension to another Horse of the Year crown by Seeking My Dream is well deserved and right now I am really happy. I am happy as the owner of a true thoroughbred champion; I am happy for the trainer; I am happy for the jockey and I am happy for the groom. <br /> <br /> &ldquo; Seeking My Dream has fullfilled all my wishes and desires in racing and I say thank you to all who made it possible,&rdquo; Smith said with delight in his voice.<br /> <br /> For trainer Wayne DaCosta, the Horse of the Year title going to Seeking My Dream for a second year was proof of his obvious class.<br /> <br /> &ldquo; Seeking My Dream is special, very special. He once again demonstrated his class and pedigree and I am just happy and honoured to have him in my barn,&rdquo; DaCosta said. <br /> <br /> Top three-year-old Bigdaddykool received the nod as the first runner-up, with Buzz Nightmare voted as second runner-up to the Horse of the Year.<br /> <br /> Seeking My Dream (Seeking the Glory-Alsafra) won four Grade 1 races inclusive of the Legal Light Trophy, The Eros Trophy, The Prime Minister&rsquo;s Stakes and the second running of the Betting Gaming and Lotteries/Supreme Ventures Limited sponsored Diamond Mile, while earning $10,228,300 from his eight starts in 2016. He was also voted Champion four-year-old and up, Champion Middle Distance Performer and Champion Local Bred overall.<br /> <br /> The Stephan Narinesingh-owned Bigdaddykool was voted Champion three-year-old and Champion Stayer, while the 2Penyu-owned Buzz Nightmare was voted Champion Sprinter.<br /> <br /> The two-year-old grey colt Sotomayor was voted Champion two-year-old overall for his owners David Miller and Stephan Narinesingh.<br /> <br /> The Champion Imported honours went to Long Running Train for owner Ian Parsard.<br /> <br /> The Most Improved Trainer was Steven Todd, while apprentice Bebeto Harvey was voted Most Improved Rider.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592764/253972_80892_repro_sld4.jpg Local Sports Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM Rovman Powell targets Scorpions victory over Marooners in Super50 opener http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/Rovman-Powell-targets-Scorpions-victory-over-Marooners-in-Super50-opener_87378 Rovman Powell, the Jamaica Scorpions batsman, is relishing the prospect of facing Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) Marooners at Three Ws Oval in Barbados in today&rsquo;s opening game of the Regional Super50 competition. <br /> <br /> The 23-year-old all-rounder, a former member of the CCC set-up, said starting with a victory against them could provide much-needed momentum in a competitive-looking Zone B. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;For the past two Nagico Super50 tournaments I played for CCC, so I know the players and it is a quality unit there. We are looking to start against them with a good game and put on a show for our fans,&rdquo; Powell told the Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> He conceded that progressing to the semi-finals from a zone that also includes powerful squads of Barbados Pride and Guyana Jaguars will be difficult. However, the hard-hitting middle-order batsman who also bowls medium pace, said the Scorpions possess an exciting squad of their own.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a really high-quality group that we are in. Barbados and Guyana have strong teams and they play some good white ball cricket or one-day cricket so it will not be easy for us.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;But once we play well, we should be okay &mdash; and yes, we can lift the title. The composition of the team is good with good young players mixed with some very experienced players,&rdquo; he explained.<br /> <br /> ICC Americas are also in Zone B.<br /> <br /> Powell had a fruitful run in Jamaica Tallawahs winning the 2016 Caribbean Premier League which triggered subsequent calls to the West Indies A and senior squads.<br /> <br /> He is aware plenty is expected of him, and typical of his approach to the game, he is not backing down.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m in good form and just ready for this competition. I&rsquo;m chomping at the bit to do well for the Scorpions,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The other scheduled game today is the hosts Pride versus the Jaguars at Kensington Oval.<br /> <br /> Zone A, which will be contested in Antigua, comprises Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, Windward Islands Volcanoes, Leeward Islands Hurricanes, West Indies Under-19s and invited English County outfit Kent Spitfires.<br /> <br /> The top two teams are set to advance from each zone for the semi-finals which are slated to be played at Coolidge in Antigua on February 15 and 16.<br /> <br /> The final is scheduled for February 18, also at Coolidge.<br /> <br /> Squad &mdash; Nikita Miller (capt), John Campbell, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton, Devon Thomas, Damion Jacobs, Jerome Taylor, Reynard Leveridge, Gavon Brown, Damani Sewell. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13593083/241109_80866_repro_sld5.jpg Local Sports Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM Port Antonio Infirmary gets $1.2m in donated items http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Port-Antonio-Infirmary-gets--1-2m-in-donated-items_87321 MEMBERS of the United States-based Ex-Correctional Officers Association of Jamaica recently donated items valued at $1.2 million to the Port Antonio Infirmary in Portland.<br /> <br /> The items included wheelchairs, walkers, adult pampers, and food.<br /> <br /> In making the presentation, Harold Bailey, co-founder and secretary of the organisation, said he hoped that the items would be of great assistance to patients at the facility.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is sometimes difficult, financially, for the government alone to provide for both the workers and the patients who are here so we have decided to help,&rdquo; Bailey said. &ldquo;It is [customary] for us in the Diaspora to reach out as much as we possibly can to assist where we can.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Bailey, however, voiced his frustration about the delay in clearing the items at the wharf.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I would like to publicly make an appeal to the powers that be, whether the Central Government or whoever is responsible, to take the necessary steps to ease the bureaucracy that exists so that you don&rsquo;t have to encounter roadblocks like these,&rdquo; he pleaded. <br /> <br /> Mayor of Port Antonio Paul Thompson expressed thanks, on behalf of the council, for the donations, while urging the Government to look at the concerns raised by Bailey, to encourage more donors.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It is so good to see that a citizen of Jamaica can be so touched to make such a warm presentation here today. I would like on your behalf also to say to the powers that be, whenever time you are here with donations like these they must remove all obstacles from your way because you have to be flexible when you are dealing with the most vulnerable and unfortunate ones. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;We thank you and your organisation for your gift and we ensure that they will be used to enrich the lives of the [patients] here,&rdquo; he said. <br /> <br /> The donations were handed over to matron of the infirmary, Janet Gulab.<br /> <br /> &mdash;Everard Owen<br /> <br /> http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13592782/253910_80873_sld.jpg Local News Tuesday, January 24, 2017 12:00 AM