Tarlac Wireless Access for Health (WAH)
Country of Operation
- Provincial Government of Tarlac, CHD Region IIIGovernment
Target income level
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
SummaryWireless Access for Health is an electronic health system that enables reliable health data transmission for faster decision-making and action.
In the current system of information management, most of the local government units (LGU) rely on paper-based monitoring and documentation. Due to decentralization, LGUs were not ready to take charge on the intricacies and dynamics of health information management. And since generating reports are time-consuming, by the time that the reports are already finalized they are less relevant to the policymakers and stakeholders.
Key program components
WAH is part of Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative with the goal of addressing the problem of inefficient reporting methods of rural health officers resulting from the manual logging of patient records. This is an offshoot of the existing [CHITS](http://healthmarketinnovations.org/program/community-health-information-tracking-system-chits) where patient data are stored in a server for easy access and retrieval. This WAH includes as a component a wireless transmittal of information to the municipal and provincial health offices for safekeeping, among others, via 3G wireless broadband. The system is also able to generate reports in a format that is compliant with DOH requirements. The system has resulted in faster retrieval of patients records, wireless transmittal of data instead of personally delivering reports to the Municipal Health Office or the Provincial Health Office, and easy access to information by policy planners in the province or municipality which can be utilized to determine the health needs of their constituents. During the pilot phase, RHUs recorded over 12,000 patient consultations in the electronic records system, which easily generates all 23 reports required by the FHSIS of the DOH. This automation has allowed for improved patient care and more efficient patient visits, as the time needed to search records is reduced to just seconds. Following the successful completion of the pilot, the system scaled to 19 rural health units (half of all those operating in the region) and aim to reach all units within 2012. The province is also now co-funding the project at 50%, compared to 10-20% in the first year.
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