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27 May 2016

DOST, DOH hold 5th Philippine eHealth Summit; highlights big data, data privacy

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PASAY CITY, Metro Manila- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), and the Department of Health (DOH) will hold the 5th Philippine eHealth Summit on 3 June 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC). With the theme "eHealth Philippines: Big Data, Big on Privacy," the Summit will gather information technology (IT) and medical practitioners nationwide to present next steps to sustain the Philippine eHealth Strategic Framework and Plan. The Summit will also provide a platform for information dissemination of the current development of eHealth in the country. Concerns on data privacy and big data, in relation with the implementation of Data Privacy Act of 2012, will also be discussed. "This year’s eHealth Summit is a crucial one. We will be discussing topics such as the proposed eHealth bill, the next six years research agenda, and the health information exchange," explained Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director. The winners of #ThinkOpenHealth, the very first hackathon event organized by PCHRD, DOH and Smart Communications last 16-17 April 2016, will also be awarded during the Forum. DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, DOH Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin, PhilHealth President Alexander Padilla, and Commissioner Raymond Liboro of the National Data Privacy Commission will open the event. "We are really hoping that this Forum will strengthen commitments and collaborations for eHealth Philippines," Dr. Montoya added. The DOST and DOH created the Joint DOH – DOST National Governance Steering Committee and Technical Working Group on eHealth in 2013 to harmonize and advance the implementation and development of eHealth application and services in the country.

For more information on the eHealth Forum, contact Ms. Ullyann Carticiano-Garcia at 837-7534 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

03 August 2015

DOST EYES FREE Wi-Fi IN ALL PALAWAN PUBLIC HOSPITALS

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) plans to put up public Wi-Fi in all the government-run hospitals in Palawan including Puerto Princesa City.

Dr. Ma. Josefina Abilay, regional director of DOST-Region 4- B said that their agency believes that health care can be effective if there is access to the internet.

Abilay spoke before participants of the training and orientation at the Capitol recently.

She said the eHATID LGU project will be implemented by the Ateneo de Manila University and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development with the help of Philhealth.

The project is a health information system support for local government units using Android- based Electronic Medical Record application.

The project will be completed before the year ends, Abilay said.


credits to: Ender Lesigues

30 July 2015

eHealth Philippines: Technology in Support of Kalusugang Pangkalahatan

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eHealth Forum 1

The dream of a universal health care program is quite noble. We all want everyone to gain access and to receive the necessary health services in order to ensure equal benefits for all. To be able to bring about health care even to the most remote areas of the country is a daunting task but is an ideal necessity that will be very beneficial to our countrymen.

This is where information and communication technology play a vital role. We need an infrastructure that would assist us in getting and delivering information that would be used by our medical practitioners and decision makers involved in the deployment of these health services.

The partnership forged among the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) and the Department of Health (DOH) to come out with the Philippine Health Information Exchange (PHIE), is an initiative that would ensure accurate and timely health information exchange that can be instrumental in improving the services of these three agencies as well as the other organizations that could use the said data.

At a press conference which was part of the eHealth Forum held the same day, July 26, 2014, at the SMX Convention Center of the Mall of Asia complex, several heads of government agencies like the DOH and DOST presented to the media the PHIE project. Leading the press conference panel were Secretary Enrique T. Ona of DOH, Secretary Mario G. Montejo of DOST, UnderSecretary Teodoro J. Herbosa of DOH, Dr. Jaime C. Montoya of PHRD, and Dr. Shaun J. Grannis of the Regenstrief Institute USA. Everyone was available to the inquiries of the media.

eHealth Forum 2

 

The DOST, through its Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and the Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO), will provide infrastructure and security support for the DOH - PhilHealth Harmonized Data Warehouse platform. The data warehouse system will be managed and maintained by both DOH and PhilHealth.

Though many are saying that its promising, the project is relatively not easy at all. This will definitely require a lot of funding, and its completion may take years before we could actually feel the benefits. If the current administration is replaced, this may fall into the same fate as where many other projects ended - either the total scrapping or revision.

But these scenarios should not stop our leaders from creating an ideal system We should be thinking positively that the one to take place will continue what was started. However, we should not be concerning ourselves with it since we all know that the good will still prevail no matter what.

The event also showcased two new reporting systems to be available at the end of 2014: Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition Systems - a DOH developed information intelligent system for mothers, pregnant, that supports the enrolment of expectant mothers and their babies, records the maternal and child health care services provided them, as well as monitor their progress, and the eHATID projects - a software application in an android tablet that offers real-time acces to information among LGUs and medical doctors which will integrate an electronic version of the PhilHealth's Primary Care Benefit 1 (PCB 1). The system can able to map out, update and check the eligibility status of all PhilHealth members, especially under its sponsored program at the end of 2014.

Credits to: http://www.wazzuppilipinas.com

27 July 2015

eHealth program now on the roll

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Health and science authorities hope the eHealth Program would accelerate the use of information technology and help the government’s goal to attain Kalusugang Pangkalahatan (universal health care).

The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), which held an eHealth Forum yesterday at the SM Mall of Asia, SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, believe there will be benefits if the key health care processes can be computerized.

“’eHealth is a comprehensive program on how health information can be integrated for everyone,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona said.

One of the major outputs of the program is the setting up of the Philippine Health Information Exchange (PHIE).

This aims to “ensure that accurate and timely information is available in the point of service, health practitioners, and decision-makers for the effective and efficient provision of health services and program.”

He said “all health data coming in and out of the health service point will be stored at the data warehouse through various systems available at the health facilities.”

The forum also highlighted two new reporting systems which will be available at the end of the year – the Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition System, and the eHatid project.

Credits to: Charina Clarisse L. Echaluce

26 July 2015

Police Crack Down on Drinking Minors

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Police Crack Down on Drinking Minors

Provincial Police Director Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos (right) asks a group of minors not to drink liquor along the roadside during a night patrol along Flores Avenue. (NOPPO photo)


Negros Oriental Provincial Police Director Sr. Supt. Dionardo Carlos has called the attention of business establishments selling liquor to minors on a City Ordinance prohibiting this act.

Carlos conducted night patrols around Dumaguete City at night and expressed surprise upon seeing people drinking liquor along the side of Flores Avenue rather than inside the business establishments there.

Carlos also posted on Facebook that he saw minors drinking liquor with other companions and that an enterprising lady in a multicab was caught selling brandy and beer without the necessary permit.

The police officer said the law against drinking in public open spaces must be implemented to avoid crime due to impaired judgment of people who drink liquor.

Since he assumed as Provincial Police Director, Carlos has been informing the public about the activities of the police through his Facebook page, Amigo Cops. Through FB, people can also ask him questions or report anything.

 

Credits to: Alex Rey V. Pal

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