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Qualcomm Expands Wireless Access for Health Project in Philippines - Wireless News


Wireless News
05-30-2012
Qualcomm Expands Wireless Access for Health Project in Philippines
Type: News

The Philippines Department of Health, Tarlac Provincial Health Office and Qualcomm, through its Wireless Reach initiative, announced the expansion of the Wireless Access for Health project, which uses 3G technology to improve health care in the Philippines.

According to a release, local Tarlac government officials have committed to support the replication of the project across the entire province by the end of 2012.
The Philippine Field Health Service Information System is the government's primary method for managing public health data and is used for policy analysis and planning at all levels of the public health system. Traditionally, information has been manually recorded on paper by health care providers a time consuming and error prone process that is difficult to access and manage.

The WAH project streamlines the reporting process and improves access to accurate and timely patient information for clinicians and decision makers by utilizing 3G wireless technology, building upon and strengthening the existing Community Health Information Tracking System, an electronic medical records system developed by the University of the Philippines, Manila.

'Wireless Access for Health empowers local health care providers through enhanced patient care services and efficient patient visits using an open-source health information system. It empowers local communities by promoting participatory health planning among local leaders, health managers and providers, thereby transforming clients and patients into partners,' said Crispinita Valdez, director of the Department of Health Information Management System Division.

'The WAH initiative is a means to deliver quality health services to clients, aid health workers and local and national governments by promoting data-driven planning and sound decision-making,' said Ricardo Ramos of the Tarlac Provincial Health Office. 'Timely transmission of complete and reliable health data to local and national health agencies and government leaders facilitates policy analysis and allows faster program implementation, assisting local leaders and health workers in identifying and preventing disease outbreaks through preventive care, strategic health promotions and advocacy campaigns.'

'WAH demonstrates the extraordinary benefits that 3G wireless connectivity can bring to underserved communities, particularly in the area of wireless health care,' said Mantosh Malhotra, director of Business Development for Qualcomm. 'We hope that what has been achieved so far will encourage the expansion of this innovative network to benefit hundreds of thousands throughout the Philippines.'

The expansion of the WAH project also includes province-wide pilot testing of the Mobile Midwife and SPASMS (Synchronized Patient Alert via SMS) applications.

Mobile Midwife enables data to be captured electronically during patient visits via smartphones, tablets or laptops and instantly sends patient data to the CHITS system. SPASMS is an automated alert and health promotions system that sends patients information related to health milestones such as for prenatal care and child immunization.

WAH is made possible through the collaboration of public-private partners: agencies of the Philippines Department of Health, including the National Epidemiology Center, the Information Management Service and the Center for Health Development for Region 3; the Provincial Government of Tarlac; local Tarlac government units; Qualcomm's Wireless Reach initiative; RTI International; Smart Communications; Tarlac State University; the University of the Philippines Manila-National Telehealth Center; and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Qualcomm is a provider of mobile technologies.

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