RxBox live demonstration during Juan, Konek! program.

“Through the eHealth and RxBox, diagnosis can be possible even without personal visit to the doctors,” said Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo during the digital empowerment program Juan, Konek! Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Tungo sa Sama-samang Pag-unlad on 8 May 2015 at Pulilan Central Elementary School, Bulacan.

Organized by DOST-ICT Office, Juan, Konek! aims to encourage every citizen to connect to the internet and access online government information and services including eHealth and RxBox.

The World Health Organization explained that eHealth is a “cost-effective and secure use of information and communication technologies in support of health and health-related fields, including health-care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education.”

In 2004, WHO crafted an action framework to be used for the eHealth initiatives of their member states such as formulation of cost-effective eHealth strategies, forging partnerships for the improvement of eHealth content, and establishing global health observatory.

In the country, the website eHealth Philippines was formed by the DOST Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) and ADMU Institute of Philippine Culture (IPC) to create an internet-linked community that allows interaction on health issues and access to research databases.

The RxBox, on the other hand, is a multi-component program and ICT innovation designed to provide further access to life-saving health services in isolated and disadvantaged communities.

During the event, a live demonstration was held explaining how the innovation is capable of capturing medical signals through built-in sensors, storing data in an electronic medical record, and transmitting health information via internet.

For further information on eHealth Philippines and RxBox, please visit http://www.ehealth.ph/ and https://rxbox.chits.ph/ respectively. You can also visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbddxbzCSVE to watch what has transpired during the Juan, Konek! program.

 

DOST Secretary Mario Montejo during his discussion about the benefits of online government services.

 

The Department of Science and Technology Information and Communications Technology (DOST-ICT) Office encouraged every Filipino to connect to the internet and access online government information and services including eHealth, during the digital empowerment program Juan, Konek! ICT Tungo sa Sama-samang Pag-unlad on 8 May 2015 at Pulilan Central Elementary School, Bulacan.

Juan, Konek! is a campaign of the DOST-ICT Office in response to the implementation of their Television White Space (TVWS) Technology and Free Wi-Fi in Public Places Project. TVWS are vacant frequencies between broadcast TV channels which can be used to provide wireless data connectivity to remote communities. Pilot testing of the technology is ongoing in Bohol and Leyte provinces. The Free Wi-Fi Internet Access in Public Places project, on the other hand, aims to bring free connectivity across the country with 256 kilobits per second (kbps) average speed.

According to Undersecretary Louis Napoleon Casambre, ICT Office Executive Director, the campaign recognizes the importance of government services to the well-being of the Filipinos especially those living in unserved and underserved areas having limited or no access to government services. “It is always been the government’s role to serve its nation… and ensure that all citizens are taken care of,” he stated.

Usec. Casambre also encouraged people to take advantage of the online services offered by the government as ICT Office aims for 99% connectivity in 2015. “Together let’s break the barriers and build and strengthen connections so that no one will be left behind,” he emphasized.

DOST Secretary Mario Montejo, meanwhile, explained the benefits that people can get from the online government services such as eSkills, eRecruit, eEntrepreneurship, eRuralEconomy, eGovernment, eCommunity, eDisasterRiskReductionManagement (DRRM) and eHealth. He emphasized the advantages of eHealth and RxBox explaining that diagnosis can be possible even without personal visit to the doctors.

RxBox is an ICT innovation designed to provide further access to life-saving health services in isolated and disadvantaged communities. During the event, there was also a live demonstration that showed how the innovation is capable of capturing medical signals through built-in sensors, storing data in an electronic medical record, and transmitting health information via internet.

Other highlights of the event were the talks of person with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizen sectors representatives about the effects of technology in their lives.

According to Rhea Guntalilib, a visually impaired individual who was able to finish her studies in Programming, technology and ICT changed her life positively. “The best change it [ICT] has brought to my life is it gave me back the hope and confidence that I lost when I lost my sight,” she shared.

Other speakers also present were Pulilan, Bulacan Mayor, Hon. Vicente Esguerra, Mynd Consulting Owner, Ms. Myrna Padilla, Del Carmen, Siargao Mayor, Hon. Alfredo Coro and Pulilan, Bulacan Acting Municipal Health Officer, Dr. Concepcion Antonino.

To view what has transpired during the event, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbddxbzCSVE. ■

The Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), in partnership with the Philippine Department of Health (Philippine DOH) and Philippine Department of Science and Technology (Philippine DOST), has organized the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health in Manila on 24-27 August 2015.

Themed "People at the Center of Health Research and Innovation," the Forum 2015 will bring together some of the world’s leading stakeholders from the government, business, non-profit, international organizations, academic and research institutions and social entrepreneurs, among others to tackle many of the biggest global health issues and create effective partnerships for action on research and innovation for health.

“The forum is geared to help participants acquire new understandings of current and future challenges in global health, as we together find appropriate solutions sourced from all corners of the world,” said Philippine DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo.

About 3,000 delegates from 50 countries are expected to participate in the more than 70 conference sessions of the system-focused subthemes on Increasing the Effectiveness of Research and Innovation for Health through Social Accountability, Increasing Investments, Country-driven Capacity Building and issue-focused subthemes on the Role of Research and Innovation in Health in improving Food and Nutrition Safety and Security, Health in Mega Cities, Disaster Risk Reduction.

“Forum 2015 is a timely opportunity to take prime position in defining the global health research agenda. As the world’s focus shifts from development to sustainable development, from poverty eradication to shared prosperity, and from disease-specific goals to universal health care,” said DOH Secretary Janette P. Loreto-Garin.

Other highlights include New Leaders for Health Pre-Forum, IT4Health: Innovations for Global Health, Film Festival, Global Health Debates, Photo Exhibit and the Networking Party.

For more information, please visit forum2015.org.

 

 

The Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015 Film Festival is now calling for entries!

 

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD), Department of Health (DOH) and Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) collaborates with the Philippine Association of Communication Educators (PACE), the country’s largest and pioneering professional organization of communication and media educators in holding the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015 Film Festival.

 

The Festival is one of the activities that will happen on August 24-27, 2015 during the Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health 2015 in Manila. This activity is open for both professional and amateur film makers globally.

 

Film entries should be able to feature the Forum’s themes which include Social Accountability, Increasing Investments, Country-driven Capacity Building, Food and Nutrition Safety and Security, Health in Mega Cities and Disaster Risk Reduction. Winning films will be distributed to the network of video libraries for education, advocacy and training purposes.

 

To know more about the Film Festival, please visit www.filmfest.forum2015.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

It4Health Poster

The Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST), in partnership with the Health Sector Catalysts, recently launched the IT4Health Innovations for Global Health Contest.

The contest is designed to create big data analytics or information technology solutions that will address arising problems from the six forum sub-themes such as public accessibility to research data, innovation and technology in disaster risk management, and citizen engagement in health governance.

Health professionals, programmers, and software developers globally are encouraged to join the competition. An online portal was built as a platform for submission of innovative health applications.

The three winning teams will receive $7,000 cash prize and participation in the 5-day social incubation camp which includes workshop on marketing, branding, and strategies to scale-up their innovations.

Interested applicants may submit their applications until June 19, 2015. For further details and contest mechanics, visit http://it4health.forum2015.org/.