By Alexander Villafania
QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA – The Quezon City government will be implementing the Secured Health Information Network and Exchange (SHINE) infrastructure to improve the city’s public health care services, particularly for tuberculosis patients.
SHINE was developed by mobile communications carrier Smart Communications.
The solution allows remote health offices to connect to each other and share vital patient information, including registration, recording of consultations, health history, referrals, and feedback. This enables health workers to give specific assistance to patients.
An additional feature of SHINE is that information can be accessed by healthcare personnel through their mobile phones or through the Internet, thus ensuring that patients are connected to the right doctors at the soonest possible period.
The implementation is also part of the Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TB LINC) started by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Fund.
At least 10 health centers in Quezon City’s District 4 and the three TB hospitals will be part of the initial implementation of SHINE.
The project implementation will also be managed and monitored by Lung Center of the Philippines, East Avenue Medical Center, and the Philippine Business for Social Progress.
Tuberculosis is one of the major causes of death in the Philippines. Around 75 Filipinos die of TB every day.
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista said that implementing a program like SHINE should help their goals of improving public service to more than 2 million people. It should also help the city save on cost as health care is one of the major cost undertakings of the city.
Part of the SHINE implementation include training health worker training on PC usage, six months worth of Internet access, and 20 mobile phones. Meanwhile, the three TB hospitals will receive one year’s worth of Internet access.
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