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HL7 Philippines: Expands Participation of Philippine IT and Health IT Industry Stakeholders

The second  in a series of roundtable discussions between Philippine Health IT and IT industry stakeholders was held at the PLDT Cojuangco building last September 29, 2015. The proponent of the discussion was Health Level 7 Philippines, an official affiliate of Health Level 7 International.

Health Level 7 Philippines (HL7 Philippines) leads the way in Health Industry standardization with regards to the transfer/transmission  of clinical and administrative data and information between healthcare institutions. These standards serve as the infrastructure wherein software applications used by different institutions can convey and exchange data and information.

HL7 serves as the interface between these institutions. This “interface” is the Health Level Seven International, an organization for international standards organization whose standards are adopted by other standards issuing organizations such as the American National Standards Institute.

The number of participants in the second roundtable discussion was further diversified with the participation of MedX of HealthInformatics, Inc (Hii) of which eLearning in Continuing Professional Development for health professionals is MedX’s engagement. There was MedBase EHR Solutions that offer software for healthcare providers that include electronic health records, pharmacy inventory systems, tools for realtime access to laboratory records and results and even billing systems for health institutions. Purple Bug presented its Mydoctorfinder, wherein patients can access information on whose doctor is available and in close proximity for their medical needs.

The roundtable was also attended by representatives from educational institutions, government and telecommunications companies.

HL7 Philippines gathered these participants to highlight the need for “interoperability” between varied stakeholders in the IT and Healthcare IT industries. HL7 Philippines has the background and expertise in providing the infrastructure to standardize the means of exchanging data and information between healthcare institutions, the IT industry, the academe and government.

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