Makati, Philippines-The Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS), the country’s first electronic medical record system for government health facilities, shares its triumph with public health workers upon winning a “Best Health Market Innovation Award” in last night’s Galing-Likha Kalusugan Awards.
Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Presidential Sister Aurora Corazon Aquino-Abellada, Mr. Reiner Gloor, President of the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Association of the Philippines, and Dr. Alejandro Herrin, Chair, Project Steering Committee of the Galing Likha Kalusugan Awards presented the award. Dr. Portia Fernandez-Marcelo, Director of UP Manila National Telehealth Center (NTHC), along with the CHITS team members Dr. Marie Irene Sy and Noel A. Bañez, RN received the award. In her acceptance speech, Dr. Marcelo emphasized the role of public health workers as the “real” champions in improving health care delivery through CHITS.
CHITS was given the award due to its significant contribution to improving health care delivery in government health centers. Nurses and midwives who usually record health data on paper were trained to use the system to generate timely reports for DOH national vertical health programs. With the persistence of its program implementers, delays for accessing of health data were minimized giving more time for health workers to give care to patients at the health center.
Tagaytay City, Philippines- National Telehealth Center (NTHC) of the University of the Philippines Manila is preparing 70 new DOH Doctors to the Barrios (DTTBs) in using telemedicine applications in an effort to support their practice in doctorless communities in the countryside.
The 29th batch of DTTBs under the Doctors to the Barrios Program of the Department of Health (DOH) began their training last October 17 at the Development Academy of the Philippines Campus. They are officially enrolled in NTHC’s Certificate Course in eHealth and Telemedicine which is a part of the 30-million National Telehealth Service Program (NTSP) recently forged by the NTHC with the DOH. NTSP aims to help DTTBs handle patients in their assigned communities; including those that need specialty care. Currently, there are already 109 doctors – from Batanes to Zamboanga – enrolled in the NTSP. DTTBs are being taught how to do telereferrals to refer difficult to handle cases in 5th to 6thclass municipalities of the country. 26 of them will be deployed in the Mindanao while some will be assigned in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas.
The said seminar aims to:
- Introduce you to various e-Health initiatives in the Philippines led by the NTHC;
- Give an you an overview of the principles of the ethical, safe and effective practice and implementation of e-Heath; and
- Open you to a whole new spectrum of career opportunity in health informatics.
- Groups of 3-9: less Php 50.00
- Groups of 10 or more: less Php 100.00
On the seminar date, we will be giving away freebies such eHealth resources such as CDs, booklets, and many more straight from the International Open Source Network-UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme!
You can register here online! Hurry limited slots only for October 8 participants.
Via Noel A. Bañez, R.N.
Phone: +63 2 5256501 (telefax)
UP Manila National Telehealth Center
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES — The Quezon City Health Department reports that dengue cases are up by 3,447 cases from January to August, reaching the “alert threshold.”
This singular figure – a result of painstaking manual collation of reports gathered collectively by more than 250 public health nurses and midwives – is a powerful piece of information that should guide the public health management of the vector-borne disease.
However, because health information is manually obtained, collected, and aggregated, it loses its relevance by the time it reaches the desk of health managers. Therefore, it follows that the response mounted is not optimum.
This scenario is not unique to the Quezon City Health Department. Everywhere in the country, health managers struggle with having to rely on outdated or stale data to achieve a semblance of “evidence-based” decision-making.
But with its visionary leadership, Quezon City will be the first city to become an exception.
On September 12, the Quezon City government, led by Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, launched the P8.5 million Computerized Health Information System project utilizing the University of the Philippines’ homegrown electronic medical record system called Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS.
This was formally sealed with Mayor Bautista and newly-installed UP President Alfredo E. Pascual signing of the Memorandum of Agreement at the Bulwagang Amoranto in this city.
Because of this, the “most populous city in the Philippines” is the first urban city to automate its entire health department.
“We can easily address the problem in a click of a button; unlike before, when we had to call our district supervisors to submit reports,” said City Health Officer Dr. Antonieta V. Inumerable of the Quezon City Health Department. “Now they can concentrate in the monitoring and easily apply preventive measures.”