"IT solutions emerging as cure to health care woes" (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
While there is a Philippine eHealth Strategic Framework and Program (PeHSFP) already in place, thanks to the efforts of the Departments of Health and Science and Technology, as the roadmap on maximizing information technology for the country’s health care industry, a Manila-based IT solutions company is calling on both public and private sector healthcare facilities to focus more on going digital, starting with their medical records, to provide better care to patients.
At the first IT in Healthcare Summit held recently in Mandaluyong City, Xplore Philippines, Inc. gathered local and international experts to discuss with hospital heads the advantages of digital transformation for the whole health care industry.
“It’s about time that IT [be highlighted] in an industry where there is a great need for technology. All industries are already using IT to make things more efficient, and health care seems to be lagging behind, particularly here in the Philippines. Now is the right time,” said Xplore president Leonardo Riingen.
Dr. Raymond Sarmiento, director of the National Telehealth Center of the University of the Philippines, spoke about the state of IT health care in the country and noted that based on the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Analytics’ Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model, or Emram, many of our hospitals are only at level 1...