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1 University of the Philippines Manila National Telehealth Center mHealth in the Philippines Alvin B. Marcelo, MD

2 Goals for this Presentation Provide examples of how we use mobile phones for health in the Philippines Present results of our research on using mHealth for delivering care to remote underserved areas

3 State of (ill-) health: Why? Philippines 90 million people Growing at 2 million per year 7,107 islands Maldistribution of doctors and nurses to urban areas and few/none in rural areas

4 Opportunity for mHealth Philippines Three wireless providers 75% penetration rate (with several having more than one line) the texting capital of the world with 2 BILLION text messages exchanged everyday

5 NATIONAL TELEHEALTH CENTER University of the Philippines Manila Quality health care through ICT... OneHEALTH Program eMedicine (Telemedicine) eLearning for Health eRecords (CHITS)

6 Telemedicine in the Philippines CICT 2004 SERVICE RESEARCH 6 years of experience and collaborations with DOH-DTTBs with research support from DOST DOST, 2008 DTTBs

7 How do we do Telemedicine? We train health workers how to use the cellphone to effectively collaborate with doctors, specialists, and other health workers in their region.

8 Doctor-to- the-Barrio Doctor-less site NTSP Central Internal Medicine Ophtha Dermatology Radiology Pediatrics Others PGH and DOH regional hospitals 4th, 5th, 6 th class LGUs TELEMEDICINE How it Works *** Ethical, legal, and social framework for the practice of telemedicine

9 PGH and DOH regional hospitals TELEMEDICINE How it Works We built a network of doctors. We defined guidelines and protocols. We trained the network. We use SMS, MMS, voice and .

10 Stories of Telemedicine

11 Skin Diseases among Tribesmen A young doctor with a cellphone saw a unique skin problem among the tribesmen Using his cellphone camera (with patient consent), he referred the case to Manila Dermatologist recognizes the problem as a rare skin disease and asks for more examinations Young doctor complies and sends confirmatory images Patients got treated appropriately and in a timely manner

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17 Results Telemedicine is possible in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) Telemedicine is fraught with ethical, social, and legal challenges (read: should only be done by trained health professionals and certified personnel). Protocols are important. Telemedicine is expensive for few sites, but costs go down with more sites

18 NTSP National Telehealth Service Program We are now in the process of finalizing a grant from the Government to offer the services on a national scale.

19 Thank you for listening


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