International telehealth standards to be adopted by Philippines

With more demand and less supply with regards to the local healthcare resources, Philippines lawmakers and doctors are calling for the fast adoption of international telehealth standards or e-health, that is the practice of applying ICT for healthcare delivery and education for the under-served. Senator Edgardo Angara mentioned that there is a need for maximizing telehealth potential and adopting international telehealth standards, while adressing the first ‘eHealth & Telemedicine Philippines 2009’ conference and exhibition, which opened yesterday at the Crowne Plaza Galleria in Quezon City.

Angara, in speech, stressed it was an important mandate, which is to play important role in solving country’s problem on healthcare, which requires improving the scope and quality of healthcare while driving down its cost. He added that e-Health solutions are the best solutions. Promoting international collaboration, sharing and learning experiences from other countries according to Angara, could help in adoption of telehealth standards. Yet he said the Philippines must look inwards by directing further research on telehealth technologies and systems that could be best implemented in the country. UP-Manila National Telehealth Center (NThC) and other stakeholders are coming together reported Angara, to strengthen the current local telehealth system and recently allotted Php100 million for the project.

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