Healthcare IT Trends in the Philippines

Healthcare IT Trends in the Philippines

Healthcare IT Trends in the Philippines

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The eHealth Innovations for Universal Health Care summit has just recently concluded. An eye-opener for the uninitiated, the eHealth summit offered valuable insights into the Philippines’ eHealth masterplan 2014 and beyond.

We caught up with folks in the health IT community to get their thoughts on information and communication technologies that will play critical ‘roles’ in transforming the country’s health system.

EMR / EHR adoption – With the Philippine Health Information Exchange (PHIE) targeted to be operational by December 2014, means many hospitals and health facilities will be adopting electronic medical record solutions. We don’t have the aggregate number but, we hear about a number of EMR system implementations, such as the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the DOST’s eHealth Tablet that was initially deployed to 10 healthcare facilities around the Philippines. We’d be very interested to get some information on EMR usage in the Philippines.

Related: Gov’t to use electronic channels to boost health care access

EMR Philippines | EHR Philippines | Electronic Medical Record Systems

Mobile Health Applications and Mobile Healthcare Networking– Godofredo “Doc Jun” Inciong II MD, MSHI, Healthcare IT consultant at Exist relays that, this is a preview of health consumers realization of the need to be more accountable for their health, which would soon lead to the need for patient portals. The exponential rise in the production and use of mobile computing devices has triggered and will fuel this trend for a long time to come.

Mobile Health

Hospital Information Systems – Former CIO and currently Healthcare IT consultant at The Medical City Dr. Mike Muin says we’ll see more HIS implementations for hospitals with paper-based systems. “We’ll also see more hospitals going into clinical IT applications.”

HIS Philippines

 

Health Information Exchange – The advent of an HIE means the growth of interoperability projects. DOH talked in detail about the roadmap of the PHIE in the summit.

The Philippine Health Information Exchange (PHIE) will be “crucial in making informed decisions for both health practitioners and policy-makers. The PHIE will be an enabling system of interoperably health-related information, databases, and registries linking all health services, users, and providers.

HIS and HIE to gain traction in Philippines

 

Healthcare in the Cloud – Despite our connectivity challenges, we’ll see increased adoption of cloud-based healthcare applications and services, mentions Ma. Regina E. Estuar, Ph.D., Executive Director at the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center. Estuar is involved also in the eHealth tablet project with DOST.

Healthcare in the Cloud | Cloud-based Healthcare Applications | Cloud Healthcare

Big Data and Analytics – Doc Jun shares that although the current trend is for health care organizations and institutions to implement health IT systems, such as EMRs, and share data between systems, the next logical step is to make use of the data from these systems via analysis to support other initiatives, such as clinical decision making.

Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare | Big Data Healthcare

Opportunities Abound

Moving forward in 2014, technology will continue to transform the healthcare industry as it plays a key role in new healthcare delivery models towards evidence based care. EMR/EHR, mHealth, telemedicine, and many others identified will continue to increase their footprint in this growing industry. Where do you seeHealthcare IT in the Philippines over the next 5 years?

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