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KaTiPuNaN — limang parametro ng kalidad ng datos

I divert into the vernacular for the title of this post to share a Filipino mnemonic to help remember the five parameters of data quality as prescribed by the World Health Organization’s publication “Improving Data Quality” I used  “KaTiPuNaN”  to make it easy for field health workers to remember the five parameters: Kumpleto (completenes) Tama […]

Draft Implementing Rules and Regulations for the Data Privacy Act of 2012: Public Consultation

After four years from enactment of the Data Privacy Act of 2012, President Benigno S Aquino appointed commissioners in the National Privacy Commission. Buckling down to work, the NPC quickly crafted a draft IRR which will be presented in a series of public consultations. The first one is on July 13 at UP Diliman. The […]

Reprint: Blueprint for National Health Information Systems

(Original PDF version can be downloaded from Scribd. Reposted with permission from Health Intel 2011 magazine of the Zuellig Foundation) When a man decides to build a house, he does so with great apprehension. This is because the costs tend to be beyond his means and he probably will need to take a loan from […]

#HI201 #EA @jdonsoriano @abbysantos @TDMontalesMD

  @jdonsoriano Q: How do we deal with current existing vertical information systems under the EA plan? Ans: Vertical systems are results of poor (or lack of) architectural design. Often we blame information systems for these vertical programs but if you look closely, these information systems were simply artifacts that reflect the realities of the […]

#HI201 #EA @lazyjayc

Question#4: What is the difference between COBIT 5, ITIL, and EA? (I’m confused.. hehe) #MSHI #HI201 #EA Ans: COBIT5 is a business framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT. It is an all-encompassing framework for enterprise IT. More at IT Infrastructure Library is a framework for the delivery, service, and support to […]

#HI201 #EA @grz_ie23

From @grz_ie23 Q1: How do we strike the right balance between centralised coordination and decentralised implementation of #EA initiatives? #HI201 Ans: Striking the balance is the role of good governance. The WHO-ITU Toolkit described three ways government can control the national eHealth development plan. The National eHealth Governance Steering Committee (through the TWG) agreed that […]

#HI201 #EA @kidseyes88

1) Will open EMR prevent this? Billing dispute leads to blocked patient data in Maine… via @BostonGlobe No it will not. There are at least three layers of interoperability that need to exist before data flows effectively — business, information, technology. Open electronic medical records can address information and technology interoperability but cannot assure […]

#HI201 #EA (@wendijoyce)

For my part in MSHI’s HI201 class, I asked the students to post questions on Twitter. So far only @wendijoyce has complied. Here are my answers to her questions: Q: Where are we in the development of #EA for the Philippine eHealth or HIS? A: In a proper EA methodology, you need to first identify […]

Proposed Philippine eHealth Development Plan

Here is my proposed eHealth development plan. Adopting heavily on the Rwandan Health Enterprise Architecture ( and leveraging on the work of the OASIS (, this (working) paper draws the important components of a health EA and how messages will be exchanged between implementations. For discussions here: and for formalization through the Department of […]

Why Drugs Should be Coded to the Brand

In the Philippines, we have the Generics Law which requires doctors to write prescriptions only in generics. It also prohibits government agencies to use brands in the procurement process. This “procure-by-generics” rule is very important because it assures fair competition amongst sellers of that generic drug. Contrast that to a “procure-by-brand” rule which practically ensures […]