National Telehealth Center

Mission

To engage communities in the design, development and use of appropriate and progressive ICTs towards better equity in health

Vision

eHealth in empowered communities.


Research Programs:

eLearning and Capacity Building for Health

NTHC spearheads research, seminars, and trainings to build people’s capacities on eHealth. It maximizes widely-used and innovative technologies available so that quality health information would be accessible to those who needed it most. Through a United States Agency for International Development-funded project, the Last Mile Initiative, NTHC was able to conduct eLearning sessions to disseminate information on tuberculosis, child poisoning, avian flu and stroke to barangay health workers in Basak Pardo, Cebu, Nueva Viscaya, Roxas City and Tapaz, Capiz Province. Today, NTHC continues to equip health workers and the general public on how technology could improve health care through its eHealth Seminars and eHealth Training for Educators.  NTHC launched the 1st Philippine Undergraduate eHealth Research Awards to encourage the youth to explore dimensions of eHealth for Philippine development;  outstanding researchers will be recognized in ceremonies in 2013. 

eMedicine

NTHC equips doctors and health workers with eHealth and Telemedicine tools for quality health care. It assists Department of Health Doctor’s to the Barrios (DOH-DTTB)   to manage patients in need of specialty care. Telereferrals are sent and received through mobile phones and internet technologies. eMedicine projects at NTHC started with its CICT BuddyWorks and IDRC*'s SMS and eTBDC  Telemedicine projects. Later on these evolved into the DOST-PCHRD's National Telehealth Service Program (NTSP), which produced the RxBox, a telemedicine device prototype.  The NTSP continues in partnership with the Department of Health.  Since 2004, up to 412 rural remote municipalities or at least 6.6 million people have been served. Currently, 459 municipal health officers and DTTB's are enrolled in the system.   

eRecords

NTHC advocates and develops electronic medical record systems (EMR) that could easily work with other information systems. UP Manila’s homegrown Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) is the first electronic medical record (EMR) system for government-based health facilities. In 2006, it was heralded as a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge, in 2007, it won as the second Best eGov Project during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Digital Opportunities Award, and the Best Health Market Innovation in the 2011 Galing Likha-Kalusugan Awards.  CHITS has been installed in over 208 primary care centers nationwide.  NTHC, in partnership with the IDRC and Provincial Government of Capiz, computerized two of the latter's district hospitals, using OpenMRS.  These together with the CHITS in Quezon and Navotas Cities comprise the largest implementation of OpenMRS in Asia.   

eSurveillance

Innovations in mHealth, or the use of mobile technology for health, was ushered in with the SMS reminder system in 2008, with the IDRC and Pasay City, and the Navotas City mCHITS project (2011-ongoing), intended to capture maternal and child health data from the field using Blackberry phones.  The UNICEF rCHITS  project (2012), using basic phones, extended the ICTs for health to the realm of social protection, basic education, civil registration and disaster management through mReports.  Its LGU Dashboard, the mReports viewer intended for use by local chief executives, is a tool for governance.    The NTSP project with the DOH (2011-ongoing) extended telemedicine to R4Health real-time routine regular reporting of selected health data from the field.  By the end of 2012, R4Health would have been implemented in 250 rural remote municipalities in the country.   

CHITS, developed in 2004, is not only an EMR, it functions to monitor performance in reaching goals of DOH priority programs.  Web-based systems of surveillance have been created with price monitoring of essential medicines in the Western Pacific region of the WHO through piemeds.com; it is now on its third iteration.  The NTHC also collaborated with the DOH and the WHO in the development of the NARIS/ National Rabies Information System.  

eHealth and eHealth policy Advocacy

The NTHC participates and leads in eHealth policy research and advocacy. NTHC initiated the Philippine National Health Information Infrastructure discussions (2005), is an active member of the Philippine Health Information Network (since 2007) and among the leaders of ICT4H Technical Working Group, convened to specifically assist the DOH (2010). It advocates standards and interoperability beginning with the Connectathon series, with the Department of Health and WHO (World Health Organization), and other partners in 2011.  It led research in medical privacy and patient information confidentiality especially in the realm of eHealth.  

An advocate for access and participation in ICT for development, the NTHC is the convenor of the International Open Source Network ASEAN+3, created by the United Nations Development Program in 2007, and the Asia eHealth Information Network, in cooperation with the WHO-Western Pacific Regional Office in 2012.


Extension Services:

  • eHealth Seminars – improved version of Health Informatics Seminars (20009-2010); 1st offered in 2011
  • eHealth Training for Educators – 1st offered in 2011
  • Certificate Course in eHealth and Telemedicine, for Referring Physicians
  • Certificate Course in eHealth and Telemedicine, for Public Health Nurses
  • Certificate Course in eHealth – eRecords: CHITS

Intramural Collaboration (within UPM)

-Existing (2011-2012)

  • College of Medicine – Philippine General Hospital Assistant Professors and Clinical Assistant Professors = “volunteer” Clinical Specialists in Telemedicine + Clinical Director

-New (2011-2012)

  • NIH-Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Data Management for HBsAg seroprevalence study
  • NIH-Institute of Child Health and Human Development: Data Management for TB in Children study
  • NIH-Institute of Herbal Medicine: Consultancy for PIEMeds Project - Phase 3

Local Collaborations (MOA, MOU)

-Existing (2011-2012)

eLearning and Capacity Building for / via eHealth

  1. eLearning Videos on tuberculosis, child poisoning, avian flu and stroke  – implemented in sites of GiveCare Couples for Christ Medical Mission Foundation
  2. 1st Philippine Undergraduate eHealth Research Awards – soft launch: November 2011, formal launch: March 2012
  • Metrobank Foundation – donor, PHP 100,000.00 

eMedicine

  1. Telemedicine for DTTB, with the DOH, 2008 to 2012
  2. Development of the National Telehealth Service Program (NTSP) in the DOH (Telemedicine component), with the Department of Health – collaborative development of policy, program design and eHealth applications
  • MOA on NTSP between DOST and DOH, UP Manila as witness, August 2011

eRecords

Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS)

  1. Citywide implementation of CHITS in Quezon City (75 Health Facilities), with the Local Government: collaborative development of additional local and national health program modules
  2. Citywide implementation of CHITS in Navotas City (10 Health Facilities), with the World Health Organization – Country Office: collaborative development of additional maternal and child health (MCH) program modules with Navotas Health Office staff
  3. Citywide implementation of mCHITS (mobile CHITS) in Navotas City (10 Health Facilities), with the Local Government – collaborative development of MCH modules on Blackberry devices
  4. CHITS Tarlac implementation: Wireless Access for Health Project – UP-NTHC sits as part of the Steering Committee and Project Management Team
  5. CHITS  implementation in Pasay City, UP Manila MOA with Pasay City -  technical support
  6. CHITS implementation in San Juan, Batangas, MOA with Health Action Information Network – funder: Training of RHU Staff, installation and technical support

eSurveillance

  • The NTSP project, R4Health component, with the Department of Health – collaborative development of policy, program design and eHealth applications

eHealth and eHealth policy Advocacy

  • Medical privacy and patient information confidentiality, in context of eHealth and/or ICTs for Development 
  1. Technical Consultancy by Dr. Alvin Marcelo with the Foundation for Media Alternatives

    · Advocacy for open access and participation in ICT development,

  2. Philippine Health Information Network – MOU to strengthen Philippine HIS

International Collaborations (MOA, MOU)

-New (2011-2012)

eLearning and Capacity Building for Health

  1. 6th Global OpenMRS Implementers Meeting, 9-12 October 2012, Silang, Cavite – funded the planning and implementation of the Meeting
  2. Asia eHealth Information Network Workshop, 7-10 August 2012, Bangkok, Thailand
    eMedicine
    eRecords
    eSurveillance
  3. Price monitoring of essential medicines in the Western Pacific region of the WHO through piemeds.com  (Phase 3), with the WHO-WPRO,  data scrubbing, upgrade and maintenance of the website

    eHealth and eHealth policy Advocacy

    • Advocacy for open access and participation in ICT development,
  4. Secretariat, convened Asian eHealth advocates as the Asia eHealth Information Network (AeHIN), with the WHO-Western Pacific Regional Office – funded the planning, implementation, documentation of the Workshop, post-workshop Secretariat support

Executive Committee

Director

Dr. Portia Grace Fernandez-Marcelo, MD, MPH

Assistant Director

Paul Matthew Pasco, MD, FPNA

Administrative & Financial Serviced Group

Administrative Assistant II

Ma. Cristina Onzaga

System Administrator

Eric Manuel Pareja

Operations Manager

Roxanne Llamzon

Communications Officer

Henri Joshua Igna, RN

Project Assistant

Ramon Rantugan

Project Support Staff

Harmon Cainglet

Administrative Aide

Randel Ligue

Information & Communications Technology Services Group

Chief Technical Officer

Wayne Dell Manuel

System Developer

Rene James Balandra

System Developer

Janielle Domingo

Technical Support Officer

Jonathan Fabia, RN

Research Associate / System Developer

Patrick Sylim, MD

eRecords

University Research Associate I 

Arturo Ongkeko Jr., RN

rCHITS Area coordinator

Rona Rosa Grace Allana, MPH

CHITS Project Coordinator

Abby Dariel Santos, RN

CHITS Project Coordinator

Razel Custodio, RN

eMedicine

Research Faculty

Martha Jane Pauline Umali, MD, DFM

RxBox Project Manager

Kristine Mae Magtubo, MD, MPM

RxBox Research Assistant / Deployment Coordinator

Emmanuel Pajarillaga, RN

RxBox Project Assistant

Esmeralda Ardona

International Networks

Research Assistant / AeHIN Secretariat

Aliyah Lou Evangelista


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NATIONAL TELEHEALTH CENTER 
University of the Philippines Manila 
3rd Floor IT Complex, Phil. General Hospital Taft Ave.,
Ermita, Manila, Philippines 1000 
Email: admin@info.telehealth.ph 
Telephone: (02) 509-1003 or (0927) 986-3703

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