Microsoft offers solutions to make health care workers more efficient

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


TO address the needs of Philippine health care workers, Microsoft Philippines has partnered with HP to provide a suite of solutions meant to make their work easier and more efficient.

At the sidelines of the Health Care Social Media Summit held at the Radisson Blu Hotel last Saturday, Microsoft Philippines SMSP public sector lead George Parilla said that since last year, the company has decided to take a clear focus on healthcare and has chosen to partner with HP and independent software developers to come up with applications that are better solutions for nurses.

With over 500,000 registered Philippine nurses, Parilla said it is important to keep them up to date with the latest technology to allow them to do better in their profession.

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Productivity tools

HP devices like the HP Stream, an eight-inch tablet with 4G capability, and the HP Pavilion X2, a 10-inch tablet with detachable keyboard and digital stylus, are equipped with Microsoft technology such as Windows 8.1 that gives access to productivity tools that healthcare workers can use in their work.

Instead of manually writing medical reports and having loads of clipboards for each patient, Parilla explained that information from a hospital system can be accessed from mobile devices. These include charts, records, x-rays, laboratory results, ECG records and other types of information.

He said with such solutions made available, there is lesser room for error and concerns on the wrong documentation, delayed claims and lack of follow throughs are addressed.

One of the local partners is Health Informatics Inc., headed by CEO Kit Sumabat, which provides information technology services and solutions to health care facilities, hospitals, clinics and to the Department of Health. Sumabat explained that health informatics is an intersection of healthcare and technology. “It is how both disciplines work together to improve health services,” he explained.

Sumabat said that they are offering a learning management solution called Nurse Mobility (Numi) for allied medical schools and institutions. The app offers courses that nurses are required to take. They make the courses applicable for locals and give them access to videos, articles, activities and slides from other universities.

The app also allows them to create their own nursing apps, even without prior programming knowledge. They are piloting the program with the Cebu Normal University in Cebu City, Palawan State University and St. Paul University in Iloilo.

Competitive

Parilla said making local healthcare workers knowledgable of these concepts makes them more competitive globally. They also hope to encourage local barangay health workers to be just as knowledgeable.

Philippine Nursing Association president Mila Delia Llanes, who attended the summit, said that the profession in moving in this direction and that many are learning from virtual classrooms.

She added that technology is very important for disseminating information to their members, some of whom are based overseas. Although there are over 500,000 registered nurses with the Philippine Regulatory Commission, Llanes said most do not know that they are ethically required to be members of the PNA. They currently have some 80,000 members.

Technology, she said, can aid in getting more nurses to join them via e-membership.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 25, 2015.

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