90 Doctors-to-the-Barrios (DTTB) and Municipal Health Officers (MHO) from remote rural areas all over the country attended the Certification Course on eHealth & Telemedicine last June 1-2 at Lancaster Hotel Manila . The training was conducted in partnership with UP Manila National Telehealth Center (NTHC) and the Department of Health (DOH).
The morning session of the training, started as Dr. Portia Fernandez-Marcelo, director of the Center discusses “Ethical principles governing the use of Health Informatics, eHealth & Telemedicine and the Challenges of our Health Information System” on the first day of the training.
The training aimed to equip DTTBs and MHOs on using available technology on the Internet to better formulate clinical decisions and delivery of public health care. In the afternoon, five simultaneous sessions with 20 participants per group, were conducted. Following are the activities in the divided session:0
- Sending medical referrals using short messaging service(SMS) through FrontlineSMS
- Sending images and referrals using email through iPath
- Sending telereferrals through email using Mail2Mediline
- Sending regular routine reporting of health data via SMSusing FrontlineSMS
- Sending x-ray and dermatologic images for referral to medical specialists at PGH
On the second day of the training a series of discussions for the doctors’ Continuing Medical Education were conducted. Dr. Homer Co, clinical expert who answers telereferrals for Internal Medicine discussed Hypertension and Diabetes an Evidence-Based Approach. Dr. Maria Cecilla Lim, MedicoLegal clinical expert, talked on Managing Medicolegal Cases. Dr. Cecille Maramba-Lazarte, presented an interesting report on Rationale Antibiotics Use in Pediatrics Immunization. Lastly, Dr. Belen F. Dofitas, clinical expert who answers referrals for Dermatology, gave updates in Dermatology and shared her valuable experience as a Teledermatologist.