A new memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed between the UP Manila-National Telehealth Center (NThC) represented by the UP College of Medicine Dean, Dr. Alberto Roxas and the province of Capiz represented by Gov. Victor Tangco on February 18, 2010 at the Governor’s Mansion in Lanot, Roxas City, Capiz. The signing was witnessed by Dr. Jarvis Punsalan, Provincial Health Officer; Dr. Arthur Manzon, NThC Project Coordinator; Dr. Paulo Pagkatipunan, Director of Postgraduate Institute of Medicine; Dr. Teodoro Herbosa of the UP-PGH Medical Center; Dr. Dante Galbines, Chief, Roxas Memorial Hospital and Dr. Baden Cantiller, Chairman of the Health Committee, Capiz Provincial Board.
The new MOA aims to continue the collaboration of the NThC and the province of Capiz in improving healthcare delivery to the people utilizing information and communications technology (ICT). Particularly, the new MOA provides the groundwork for a partnership in implementing eHealth and Telemedicine applications or projects for the people of Capiz. The NThC and the province have been successful already in its previous collaborative efforts in projects such as Buddyworks, e-procurement system and the ongoing TB-DOTS study.
A new study on eHealth is currently underway with the Mambusao District Hospital and the Bailan District Hospital as pilot sites. The cost benefit analysis of computerization of a district hospital aims in substantial terms to create a framework and formalize the benefits of computerizing local hospitals. Other NThC services such as Telemedicine and eLearning will soon be made available to the people of Capiz as well.
NThC's commitment is to engage people to use available technologies to improve health care albeit distance barriers. Since its conception, it continues to develop telehealth applicants derived from people's own problem-solving contributions. Through research-cum-service activities, the center helps both patients and health care providers maximize widely available and cost-effective ICT tools to improve delivery of healthcare.