Sunday, July 3, 2011

Iloilo pilots modern medical records system

A MODERN electronic medical records and inter-facility health system developed by Smart Communications will be launched on July 9 at the Westown Hotel.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona, together with city and provincial officials, as well as executives of Smart Communication, will grace the launching of Project Shine or the Secured Health Information Network and Exchange.

Project Shine will ensure the fast and reliable information from the barangays to the health facility. It was developed by Smart Communications in consultation with the Department of Health (DOH).

The project will cover three DOH charter hospitals, 12 provincial government-owned hospitals, 10 Iloilo City health centers and 13 rural health units.

The system can be accessed by all of its stakeholders -- patients, doctors and other health care professionals, medical resources like pharmacies and diagnostic laboratories, hospitals and health institutions like the DOH and local government units via the Web.

With Shine, health workers can also access the system via GPRS- or 3G-enabled mobile phones that can run Java applications and/or computers connected to the Internet to register patients, record consultations and services rendered or commodities provided and generally access electronic records of individual patients.

Since Shine addresses time consuming and repetitive documentation at the point of care, patients are also expected to benefit in terms of convenience, cost savings, and ultimately improved health. 



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