Malate, Manila — Twenty-one (21) health advocates from the province of Sultan Kudarat recently attended the capability-building program of the Community Health Information Tracking System or CHITS last April 5-7, 2011 at the Kimberly Hotel, Malate, Manila.
The 3-day CHITS training included a ‘Lakbay Aral’ tour of an actual CHITS installation in Malibay Health Center in Pasay City. The participants were able to witness the operational flow of CHITS in a health center. Dr. Armand Lee, physician-in-charge of Malibay was there to answer the queries from the Sultan Kudarat health workers. Pasay City Health Office and CHITS original stalwarts Dr. Marie Irene R. Sy and PHN Mr. Rosendo Pantino were also in attendance.
Importance of health information system, quality data, ethics, and patient record security were mainly discussed during the training program. Basic CHITS patient registration and modules on the Department of Health (DOH) health programs such as General Consults, Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), National Tuberculosis Control Program (NTP), Leprosy, Dental, Notifiable Diseases among others were also taught to the trainees.
Mr. Noel A. Bañez, CHITS Project Coordinator and Senior Training Specialist, and Dr. Luis M. Sy of Villamor Health Center, Pasay were the trainors for the April 5-7 training.
“Gusto namin itong CHITS and sana very soon meron na kami nito sa health center ko (We want CHITS and hopefully we will have the system in our health center),” wishes Dr. Gilson L. Laspiñas of Esperanza RHU.
The attendees for the training include rural health physicians, chiefs of hospitals, and public health nurses from Sultan Kudarat Provincial Health Office, Provincial Hospital, DOH Representative and Center for Health Development (CHD) Region XII. They were mainly composed from the Inter Local Health Zone (ILHZ) collectively known as BITES (Bagumabayan, Isulan, Tacurong, Esperanza, and Senator Ninoy Aquino).
The UP Manila – National Telehealth Center is the exclusive provider of training, accreditation, and services of CHITS and considers training competency and building capacities among health workers essential for the implementation of an electronic medical record system for rural health units.