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Philippines Expands ‘Wireless Access for Health’ Programme
Source: www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, May 02, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: Philippines
Created: May 02, 2013

The Department of Health(DOH), the United States Agency for International Development(USAID) and other participating stakeholders unveiled plans to expand the Wireless Access for Health (WAH) programme which aims to improve the quality of health care planning and delivery nationwide.

The WAH is a public-private collaboration that focuses on streamlining the reporting process at clinics and hospitals in the Philippines and improving access to accurate and timely patient information for clinicians and decision makers.

It uses 3G wireless technology and builds upon the existing Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS), an electronic medical records system developed by the University of the Philippines, Manila.

Since its launch in 2009, the programme has been successfully adopted in 37 city and rural clinics within and outside of the Tarlac Province. The clinics serve more than 2,000 patients a day and, as of March 2013, more than 250,000 patient consultations and 220,000 patient records have been recorded through the WAH platform.

The expansion is being led by RTI International,the University of Philippines, Smart Communications and Qualcomm Incorporated, through Qualcomm Wireless Reach,the Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) and the DOH Ilocos Regional Office.

DOH-Ilocos will be leading the expansion of the programme in four provinces by providing capacity building trainings. The four provinces are: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan. Meanwhile, ZFF will be leading the expansion in Visayas and Mindanao, two of the Philippines largest islands. In this role, ZFF will provide support and funding for software development and training.
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