A health information support system in a tablet has arrived in the islands of MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan) to help local government officials make informed decisions about health-related concerns in their localities.

The ceremonial turn-over of the tablets dubbed as eHATID (eHealth TABLET for Informed Decision-making) was one of the highlights of the recent Science Nation Tour:Agham na Ramdam MIMAROPA leg, a roadshow of the Department of Science and Technology which coincided with the 51st Regional Development Council Meeting held in Bellaroca Island Resort, Marinduque.

The project, called eHATID LGU, is funded by the DOST’s Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) in partnership with Ateneo de Manila University. It aims to support LGUs with the use of an Electronic Medical Record mobile application that generates reports for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Department of Health. Furthermore, the said tablet ensures a more efficient patient record system that will save time and effort for both health workers and patients.

According to project leader Dr. Dennis Batangan of Ateneo de Manila University, eHATID LGU features a dashboard for real-time visualization through charts and graphs of the aggregated patient information in the locality for the decision making of LGUs. It also features a mayor-doctor communication system as a channel for decision-making and sharing of health information.

Dr. Batangan added that in the case of unavailable or intermittent internet connection, a health worker can use the tablet offline to input patient records and then synch the encoded information later to a government cloud facility.
The island-province of Marinduque was the first in the region to fully adopt the eHATID LGU project which targets to deploy the tablet to 450 municipal and city LGUs by the end of 2015.

The project is a spin-off from the eHealth Tablet which was piloted in ten sites two years ago.  The current eHATID integrates the PhilHealth’s outpatient benefit package and claims system in the software.

The eHATID LGU project is part of PCHRD’s eHealth initiatives which will be tackled during the eHealth Summit on July 28 as part of DOST’s National Science and Technology Week from July 24-28, 2015, at SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. (S&T Media Service)

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