Gov’t touts new open source-based health research database

The government recently unveiled the Philippine Health Research Registry (PHRR), an open source-based system that it plans to use in part to provide relevant and timely information to the media.

The PHRR was developed by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), which is under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, executive director of PCHRD-DOST, said the media has a crucial role in spreading new and useful information on health R&D.

“The media is helping us in the dissemination of health information. But of course, as always the case, there’s still room for improvement,” he said.

Montoya stressed that the registry is unlike other databases produced in the past. “Unlike other databases that are limited to published or finished works, the PHRR will also provide information on ongoing studies,” he said

He added that the registry contains not only clinical research but also in domains such operational, health systems, biomedical, policy, clinical trials, among others

According to Merlita M. Opena, chief of the research information, communication and utilization division of PCHRD, the registry uses an open source platform.

The DOST unit said a full version of the database will inaugurated in August this year.

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