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.