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Healthcare IT: Philippine city automates health centres

By Adrienne Valdez

Source: FutureGov

Navotas City is set to implement an electronic medical record system through mobile phones, in partnership with the University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila National Telehealth Center.

The city will pioneer the Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) using mobile phones which enables healthcare professionals to collect patient data at the point of care and merge it with health centre stored data through the internet.

PANACeA Project: Mobile e-Health System for Safe Motherhood Featured in the National Geographic Daily News

One of PANACeA Projects: Mobile e-Health System for Safe Motherhood was featured in the National Geographic Daily News [ Safe Motherhood: Mobile healthcare in the Philippines | http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/05/10/safe-motherhood-mobil... ]

Ken Banks of National Geographic Emerging Explorer posted the following to introduce Irma F. Saligumba's article:

In today’s installment of our special “Mobile Message” series, Irma F. Saligumba – Health Research and Projects Coordinator at Molave Development Foundation – talks about a project in the Philippines which aims to reduce mother and infant mortality rates, and provide education and support to expectant mothers, all through their mobile phones.

Mobile Message is a series of blog posts about how mobile phones are being used throughout the world to improve, enrich, and empower billions of lives.

The Mobile e-health System for Safe Motherhood Program is a research project of Molave Development Foundation, Inc. (MDFI), a not-for-profit organization based in the Philippines. The program aims to reduce maternal mortality by using text messaging to inform and educate pregnant mothers.

It is funded by International Development Research Center (IDRC) Canada under Pan-Asian Collaboration for e-Health Adoption and Application (PANACeA) Network Research Initiative. Irma F. Saligumba is MDFI’s Health Research and Projects Coordinator and PANACeA Network Lead Researcher.

foss-for-health.org note: "FrontlineSMS is an award-winning free, open source software that turns a laptop and a mobile phone into a central communications hub. Once installed, the program enables users to send and receive text messages with groups of people through mobile phones". --from: about the software [ http://www.frontlinesms.com/aboutthesoftware/about-the-software/ ]

PANACeA Network Partners and Collaborators Accepted as Author or Collaborating Authors at the Special Theme Issue of the WHO Bulletin: Establishing an Evidence Base for E-health

PANACeA (PAN Asian Collaboration for Evidence-based eHealth Adoption and Application) Network Partners and Collaborators were accepted as either authors or collaborating authors at the special theme issue of the WHO Bulletin: "Establishing an Evidence Base for E-health."

Dr. Shariq Khoja (AKU, Pakistan) PANACeA Network Lead was accepted as author on the "National e-Health policy" and collaborating author on "Impacts of e-Health on health outcomes, services and systems" topics.

Jai Ganesh (Sai Trust, India) and Dr. Alvin Marcelo (UP Manila, Philippines) were also accepted as collaborating authors on "Capacity building"

PANACeA collaborators Chris Seedbregts and Patty Mechael were also among the authors of the special theme issue.

It is also important to take note that PANACeA partners have implemented research projects on e-Health implementations using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

Paperless Prescription in Indonesian Health Center

Ms Irma Melyani Puspitasari, Faculty of Pharmacy Universitas Padjadjaran, Jalan Bandung Sumedang, Indonesia, shared the findings of her paper entitled “Development and Clinical Implementation Experience of Paperless Prescription System with Medication Error Alerts for Community Health Center in Indonesia”.

UPM-NThC hosts July ICT4H Meeting

The ICT4H (Information and Communication Technology for Health) group was established in November 2010 to leverage the use of ICTs towards achieving universal health care for all Filipinos.

In order to attain this goal, the ICT4H has outlined the work that must be done:

o Perform an inventory of existing ICT4H projects

o Draft recommendations on

Ø ICT4H Vision, Strategy and Road Map

Ø National standards for health information systems

Ø Health Sector Enterprise Architecture

Ø Interoperability Framework

Philippines can be a model for health informatics, says WHO exec

By Anna Valmero

MANILA CITY, METRO MANILA— Other countries in Asia Pacific can learn from the Philippines in using information communications technology, particularly the mobile phone, in delivering healthcare services to the poor living in remote areas, an official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Announcement: Letters of Intent for WHO Bulletin e-Health Theme Issue

Special Theme Issue of the World Health Organization Bulletin:
Establishing an Evidence Base for E-health

Call for Letters of Intent

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified authors interested in contributing to Review Papers on the six themes identified below. The purpose of these thematic reviews is to generate peer-reviewed papers on critical issues in e-Health and its implications for health systems strengthening. The authors selected through this Letter of Intent (LoI) process will collectively discuss, analyse and compose critical analysis of selected thematic issues.

The thematic review papers will provide an opportunity to convene a team of authors representing diverse disciplinary, geographic and experiential backgrounds with regards to e-Health and health systems strengthening research.

The deadline for submitting a Letter of Intent (LoI) is JULY 15, 2011. Full information on content and format is in each LoI, together with more detail on the issues to be addressed within each theme. Please submit to Dr Peter J. Murray, IMIA CEO – imia@imia-services.org - as per the guidelines in the LoI.

Announcement: LPI Paper-Based Certification Exams, Sept 23, 2011, at the University of the Philippines Diliman

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and the International Open Source Network (IOSN) ASEAN +3 in cooperation with the UP IT Training Center (UPITTC) will be holding LPI Paper-Based Certification Exams on Sept. 23, 2011 (Friday), 2/F Vidal A. Tan Hall, Quirino Ave. cor. Velasquez St., University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, both for Level 1 (LPI 101 & 102) and Level 2 (LPI 201 & 202) LPI Certifications. Level 3 Certification Exam will be included if there are takers.

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