Dr. Alvin Marcelo of PhilHealth presents the Philippine eHealth Development Plan

“Information has become a core commodity in a well-functioning health system. In a complex and crucial sector such that of health, management of information requires a strategy that allows stakeholders to securely and optimally use information and communication technology (ICT) to communicate and interact toward improved health outcomes,” stressed Dr. Alvin Marcelo, Chief Information Officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in his presentation titled, “The Philippine eHealth Development Plan: Leveraging ICT for a More Efficient Health Sector” during the 13th National Forum on Health Research for Action last November 20, 2012.

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to institutionalize the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS).

The authors of House Bill 6735 are Reps. Juan Edgardo Angara (Lone District, Aurora), Joseph Emilio Abaya (1st District, Cavite), Angelo Palmones (Party-list, Agham), Lani Mercado-Revilla (2nd District, Cavite), Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao).

Angara said it is important to build the country's capability for research and development because it can fuel the necessary innovation that will lead to a responsive and efficient health care system.

"The country must provide for a favorable research environment wherein government agencies, non-government organizations, public and private hospitals, academic institutions and private agencies can optimize their research activities," Angara said.

Palmones said the PNHRS is a framework of cooperation and resource sharing of the core agencies and stakeholders in health research anchored on the principles of inclusiveness, participation, quality, equity, efficiency and effectiveness.

The Science and Technology Information Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (STII-DOST) is once again calling on the DOST community to participate in the DOST-wide photo contest.

MANILA, Philippines --- Experts and other health enthusiasts now have an online community where important health issues affecting Filipinos can be voiced out, with the first topic on virgin coconut oil (VCO).

The 13th National Health Research Forum for Action to be held on November 20-21 at pan pacific Manila.

Stakeholders of health research will convene for the 13th National Forum on Health Research for Action to be held on November 20 and 21, 2012 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Manila.  With the theme “Kalusugan Pananaliksik para sa Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP4KP), the forum willshowcase evidence from research as necessary inputs for the development of policies towards the achievement of Universal Health Care goals.