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Intro to Healthcare and

eHealth in the Philippines

KRISTINE MAE P. MAGTUBO MD MPM


Project Manager
General Santos City
February 18 2016
How would you describe the
Philippine health situation?
Philippine Health Situation
Challenging geography
Fragmented health system
Growing, primarily young population
Double burden of disease
Lack and maldistribution of health
professionals
Catastrophic out-of-pocket spending
Poor access to quality health care
Growing health inequity
RA 7160
Section 16. General Welfare. - Every local government unit
shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily
implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or
incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those
which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare.
Within their respective territorial jurisdictions, local government
units shall ensure and support, among other things, the
preservation and enrichment of culture, promote health
and safety, enhance the right of the people to a balanced
ecology, encourage and support the development of appropriate
and self-reliant scientific and technological capabilities, improve
public morals, enhance economic prosperity and social justice,
promote full employment among their residents, maintain peace
and order, and preserve the comfort and convenience of their
inhabitants.
DOH Central Office*
Specialty/ Research
Hospital
DOH Regional Office*

Regional Medical Center


Provincial Government*

Inter-local Health Zone


Provincial Health Office Provincial Hospital
District Hospital

Municipal Government*

Municipal Health Office


Community Hospital
(Rural Health Unit)

Private Hospitals* Barangay Health Stations


National Medical
Centers
Regional Medical
Centers
Specialty
Hospitals/Centers

Provincial Hospitals
District Hospitals
City Hospitals
Community Hospitals

Rural Health Units


Barangay Health Stations
Kalusugang Pangkalahatan
BETTER HEALTH RESPONSIVE HEALTH EQUITABLE HEALTH
OUTCOMES SYSTEM FINANCING

Strategy 1:
Financial
Risk
Protection
Strategy 2:
Strategy 3:
Improving
access to Achieving
quality health-
health related
services MDGs

Policy, Health
Health Service Health Governance
Standards and Human
Financing Delivery for Health
regulation Resource Information
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Information and Communications Technology

essential infrastructure and tools


great enabler to people
knowledge creation, sharing and dissemination.
boost innovative capacity of all sectors
contributes to more than 40% of overall productivity growth*
facilitating greater access to health and education services
creating economic opportunities for disadvantaged groups**

*EU KLEMS, 2007 in EC, 2009


**Daly, 2003, K. Chen, 2004, Jensen, 2007; Mercer, 2001; Oberski, 2004; Reisman,
Roger, & Edge, 2001; UNDP, 2001; The World Bank, 2001 in Fong, 2009: 471-472
Opportunities in ICTs for Health
Philippines is the Texting Capital of the world
Mobile Phone Users per 100 population*
PHILIPPINES 100.5/100
WORLD49/100
Internet Users per 100 population
PHILIPPINES 9/110 (up to 35%)**
WORLD 22/100

*International Telecommunications Union 2010 Report


** DOST-ICTO 2012
Opportunities in ICTs for Health
Improving broadband infrastructure
Open source software - more popular
Computerization becoming ubiquitous
Security is certainly a valid concern
Free email groups vs. institution-based
Increasing public awareness on ICT benefits
eHealth
INFORMATION
IS CARE