Said to be a first in Southeast Asia, a software application that is sensitive and responsive to the needs of people with HIV/AIDS (human immuno-deficiency syndrome) and are undergoing anti-retroviral therapy (ART) has been turn over to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) yesterday, July 19, 2016.
Developed by TAS Tradesoft Corporation (TTC), a Bacolod-based software development company as part of its social responsibility, the HIV AIDS Core Team (HACT) Bacolod Application was warmly welcomed by officials of the hospital led by it head, Dr. Julius Drilon.
John Dave Duenas, TTC chief operation officers explains, "the focus on developing the HACT Bacolod Application is to facilitate greater knowledge management to alleviate the efficiency of case management and monitoring of the HIV/AIDS Patients from the inception of the infection towards full care administration. The development of the app is geared towards collecting data to be used for research and analysis, patient care and prioritization of healthcare provider resources".
Witnessing the turn-over, the Bacolod-Negros Occidental Federation for Information and Communications Technology (BNEFIT) Executive Director Jocelle Batapa-Sigue says, "the project will be a great boost to creating a more responsive and holistic set of strategies to address the lack of important data in the fight against HIV-AIDS. Data analytics today is seen as an effective tool to understand and provide solutions to real-world problems. The young men and women of TAS Tradesoft Corporation has done the world a big favor by looking at the problem of HIV-AIDS in a more objective and systematic manner, affording persons with the infliction the respect, convenience and privacy of health information, at the same, providing aggregated data to medical practitioners in the hope of developing more effective interventions".
Duenas told the media in a press conference that followed the launch, "the consideration of the application’s full potential is on using the information from the electronic medical records of “real time” value to support the HACT Hub, the national, and international organizations involved in HIV/AIDS care, for research and prevention strategies. The standards and modules for HIV-specific reporting functionalities are developed patterned on the Epidemiology Bureau of the Philippines data requirements and the World Health Organization Guidelines (May 2015)".
Sigue adds, "this intelligent data gathering system is the most important value of the project, and something that might just be the greatest adversary of HIV-AIDS".
TAS TradeSoft Development team worked closely with the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital HACT Hub, which is composed of their Medical care professionals, site implementation officers with the direction of the HACT Hub Head Dr. Joan Cerrada, MD.
It took six months for the application to be developed by a young team of developers. The functionalities of application include Patient Module or General Profile of the Patient; Medical Abstract Module or Medical Summary of the Patient’s health profile; and Consultation Module which Medical Care professional can use while recording the clinical consultation records of the patients. This works as the main module for the Electronic Health Record.
The application also has a VCT Module or Voluntary Counseling and Testing module that collects the data of the patient/client prior to the extraction of the blood specimen for HIV testing. This profiles the patient when it comes to their sexual habits, occupation and sexual preferences.
It has a Laboratory Module which module records all the Laboratory results of the patient which were requested by the Medical care professional. It automates summarization of the results and graphs the movement thereof.
It has a Tuberculosis Module which is a specialized module that focuses mainly on the TB profile of the patient; an OB Gyne Module that captures the OB Gyne records of the female patients; Mortality Module that keeps the records of all moratility records of the HIV/AIDS Patients and their underlying causes and a Pharmacy Module that works as the warehouse management system of the center for its storing of ARV’s and other medicines.
It also has Reports Module which summarizes the entire reports that can be generated by the system from all the data encoded. /bnefit