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Philippines : DOH MIMAROPA conducts computer literacy course to health workers

August 12, 2014

Department of Health MIMAROPA Region continuous to conduct computer literacy courses to various health workers all over the region to keep them up-to-date with the latest software applications and health information systems of the Department of Health.

Being the front liners in health, health workers should be well equipped not only with their duties but in maintaining a well-organized reporting and recording system of all health indices and storing the data in the health information system as this will be the basis for the regular evaluation and assessment of health situations in the country, Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.

These trainings will address the current issues of delayed consolidation and inconsistent data being submitted from the field. Once they are fully trained, data gathering from the local government units will be faster, easier and more accurate, he added.

The objective of the Computer Literacy Course for health workers is to provide fundamental concepts necessary to facilitate the collection, recording and evaluation of reports. It will also make them globally competitive and techno savvy.

According to Janairo, they are presently conducting computer literacy among nurses, dentists, doctors, provincial and municipal health officers, hospital staffs and barangay health workers in the region. We are expecting them to be knowledgeable and skilled in the use of the various health information systems by the end of the year. All data and reports will then be fully facilitated through computers via email.

A module for the training was designed and developed by the DOH-MIMAROPA Information Communication Staff which includes all the necessary computer knowledge & skills basically needed by health workers such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint and using the Internet.

Director Janairo emphasized that the five day-training will provide mastery of Microsoft office application that will in aid health workers in developing accurate documentation and submission of presentable reports. Web navigation in the other hand will provide the tool for fast communication and research. An introduction to the various DOH information systems will also be conducted to familiarize every participants on the different reporting systems which are being employed.

Among the various health information systems currently in use by the DOH are the MNDRS (Maternal Neonatal Deaths Reporting System), iTIS (Integrated Tuberculosis Information System), NOSIRS (National Online Stock Inventory Reporting System),SPEED (Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters), WOMB (Watching Over Mothers and Babies), iClinicSys, RxBox and GIS (Geographic Information Systems)Health Facility Mapping.

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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