Health in a Tablet: DOST’s eHatid Goes to MIMAROPA

Health in a Tablet. Photo: InterAksyon
MANILA, Philippines – An electronic health information support system developed to help local government officials make informed decisions on health concerns has arrived in the Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) region.

The ceremonial turnover of the eHATID (eHealth TABLET for Informed Decision-making), tablets that contain health-related information, particularly patient records, was one of the highlight of the recent Mimarop leg of the Science Nation Tour: Agham na Ramdam, which concided with the 51st regional development council meeting in Marinduque, the Department of Science and Technology said in a statement.

The eHATID LGU project is funded by the DOST’s Philippine Council for Health Research and Development in partnership with Ateneo de Manila University.

The project provides local government officials with an electronic medical record mobile application that generates reports for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Department of Health and also ensures a more efficient patient record system that will save time and effort for both health workers and patients, the DOST said.

eHATID is a spin-off from the eHealth Tablet piloted in 10 sites two years ago and integrates the PhilHealth’s outpatient benefit package and claims system in the software.

Ateneo’s Dr. Dennis Batangan, the project leader, said 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 local government units.

It also features a mayor-doctor communication system as a channel for decision-making and sharing of health information.

In case Internet service is unavailable or intermittent, health workers can use the tablet offline to input patient records and then synch the encoded information to a government cloud facility later, Batangan added.

Marinduque was the first province in Mimaropa to adopt the eHATID LGU.

The eHATID LGU will be among PCHRD initiatives to be tackled at the eHealth Summit on July 28 as part of DOST’s National Science and Technology Week from July 24-28 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

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