Smart Communications Inc. and the Department of Health (DOH) piloted a program here that introduces wireless technology in healthcare delivery. The program, dubbed Secured Health Information Network and Exchange (SHINE), was designed to interconnect some rural health units and government hospitals to address “time consuming and repetitive documentation” of patients’ medical history. Health Undersecretary Dr. Ted Herbosa said SHINE is the answer to a “paper-based” recording and referral system that often causes delays in the treatment of patients. “With SHINE, we can have real-time data that we can analyze and make use of in coming up with necessary recommendations. We’ll know the possible causes of delays so we can make the correct decision on how we can improve the situation. We can better make use of taxpayers’ money,” he said. At present, patients’ medical history in rural health units are recorded manually on paper forms, which sometimes get misplaced or destroyed. It is also devoid of a mechanism that a rural health unit can easily identify as to which hospital can accommodate a patient that needs to be transferred for complicated condition. Through SHINE, Smart’s chief wireless advisor Orlando Vea claimed that patients’ records would be computerized and they will be accessible in healthcare facilities equipped with the system. “SHINE will lessen the workloads of health professionals because the patients’ records are recorded in computers. It also makes the referral of patients faster and more efficient,” Vea added.