Wireless Communications Helping Tarlac Health Units Improve Record Keeping

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Wireless Communications Helping Tarlac Health Units Improve Record Keeping


A telecommunications provider has partnered with a local government unit in the provision of better healthcare services and hopes to inspire other local governments to duplicate the program that has made patient record keeping efficient and seamless in rural health units in Tarlac.

For the past two years, the rural clinics of the municipalities of Gerona, Moncada, Paniqui and Victoria in Tarlac have taken advantage of the pilot-phase of a computerized patient handling system courtesy of Smart Communications.

The technology, developed by experts in Tarlac State University, allowed medical data to be stored in a central database and accessed by any of the four clinics using personal computers and laptops.

The Wireless Access for Health (WAH) involves the installation of wireless broadband connectivity in computerizing patients' medical records and transmitting the data to health authorities for synthesis.

"The PCs are connected via local area network and the information of the patient will be stored in the central database. Information on their disease will be there and also the medicines prescribed to them," Ramon Isberto, head of public affairs of Smart Communications, said. …

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