By Anna Valmero
CORDOVA, CEBU— Local health workers have been trained on how to leverage the Internet and mobile phones to help raise the efficiency of medical records management and improve daily operations in health centers.
The Shared Health Information and Network Exchange Electronic Medical Records (SHINE EMR) project is a flagship mobile health initiative that taps wirelessly connected mobile phone and computers to improve healthcare delivery.
It is initially being implemented in the seven barangay health centers of Cordova, which will later on be connected to a major hospital in Cebu City for quicker patient referrals.
In brief, the network will connect smaller rural health units (RHU) to regional hospitals for easy referral, especially for emergency cases. Instead of a “hit-and-miss approach,” the patients can go directly to the hospital upon prior coordination of the RHU to the regional hospital, thus saving time and the lives of patients.
The system also allows RHU workers to collect patient information and send SMS or text message reminders on follow-up consultation or medication via the patient’s mobile phone.
A dozen health workers from the Cordova Rural Health Unit attended the seminar, which was conducted by Molave Development Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates the use of technology in health and education to help alleviate poverty in the countryside.
The training includes basic information on eHealth and teaches health workers how to use computers.
They are updated on the SHINE project and how it can be utilized to manage the health records of their patients, said Ramon Duremdes, Smart Communications strategic business development group consultant.
Smart is the telco partner for the initial launch of SHINE in key pilot areas in Visayas and Mindanao.
The Asian Carriers Conference (ACC) funded the training in partnership with PLDT and PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF).
Through this project, healthcare facilities are given access to an electronic information management system that allows paper-less registration of patients and easy recording of consultations, which is crucial for follow-up check-ups, added Duremdes.
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