The UWI Five Islands to examine Digital Transformation of the Healthcare Sector

With the ongoing global pandemic and its challenges to the healthcare sector, The University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus will examine the digital transformation of the healthcare sector in the February edition of its Public Advocacy series. The February edition of the series will take place on Monday, February 28, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.

This month’s speakers at the Campus’ Public Advocacy Series will feature Dr. Erin Van Dyke and Dr. Tania Martin-Mercado, both from the USA.

Dr. Erin Van Dyke is the Graduate Program Director for the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree in Health Information Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She has years of experience working in the healthcare industry beginning her career at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Nursing Informatics.  In addition, she is a Professor of the Practice and member of the faculty for UMBC’s Department of Information Systems.

Dr. Tania M. Martin-Mercado is a clinical researcher with a focus on public health and diversity, equity and inclusion in clinical studies and healthcare. She is a member of the Association for Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and her research has included genetic variation and biomarker detection for patients suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus. As a Digital Advisor in Microsoft’s Healthcare & Life Sciences practice, Dr. Martin- Mercado drives digital transformation strategy and change leadership while fostering continuous innovation and realistic capabilities within a clients’ business.

As the 4th Industrial Revolution unfolds, and artificial intelligence becomes pervasive, we are witnessing the Digital Transformation of the healthcare sector in ways not thought possible just a few years ago. Higher education institutions like The UWI Five Islands Campus are currently engaged in reimagining the future of work in sectors such as healthcare in a post-COVID-19 era. This means equipping our learners with the knowledge and skills to lead the transformation of these sectors in Antigua & Barbuda and beyond.

The virtual event takes place on Monday, February 28, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Eastern Caribbean time). Opening remarks will be delivered by Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Densil Williams and followed by the discussion with Dr. Van Dyke and Dr. Martin Mercado. Participants will be able to pose questions directly to the speakers during the discussion segment. Persons can register online at the Campus’ website:

The Five Islands Campus looks forward to a robust discussion as persons join the series for this exciting subject.


About The University of the West Indies

The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region.

From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands inAntigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, and 10 global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, The UWI moved up an impressive 94 places from last year. In the current global field of some 30,000 universities and elite research institutes, The UWI stands among the top 1.5%.

The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

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(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)


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