House panel consolidates bills pushing for e-health system, services in PH

The House Committee on Health chaired by Quezon representative Angelina Tan on Monday, Sept. 30, created a technical working group (TWG) that will consolidate several measures seeking to create the country’s electronic health system and services.

One the proposed measures is House Bill No. (HB) 8 filed by House speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, which seeks to establish the National Health Passport System and strengthen the primary health care system.

The other measures are HB 61 by Tarlac second district representative Victor Yap , which proposes the creation of a Philippine eHealth System and Services with the use of information and communications technology, and HB 171 by Quezon representative Angelina Tan and HB 665 by Kabayan party-list representative Ron Salo, both for the establishment of the Electronic Health or eHealth System and Services in support of universal health care using ICT.

In the explanatory note of his bill, Cayetano said the lack of information and medical record keeping is yet to be addressed.

“For Filipinos in general, it is not a usual practice to keep such documentation – whether of previous check-ups, diagnostic test results, medication, treatments, and procedures done, among others,” Cayetano said.

He said the government should give emphasis and priority in assisting Filipinos in record keeping and making medical history available.

Cayetano proposed the creation of a Health Passport System, which provides each Filipino with a document that reflects each individual’s full medical history and other relevant data. “In the event of emergencies, this will also be a handy tool that can be essential in saving loves,” he said.

Particularly, the Health Passport shall be a mobile record booklet of the patient containing, among other things, the following:

  1. Patient’s medical and dental history as recorded by the physician, dentist or authorized health professionals: Medical and dental test results;
  2. Diagnostics:
  3. Medicines and medical treatment availed of;
  4. Basic medical data;
  5. Information on all medical and health related benefits provided by laws; and
  6. Information regarding the patient’s medical rights and privileges under the passport system.

As stated in HB 8, all Filipino citizens shall be entitled to a Health Passport to be used when a patient avails of medical and dental check-ups or treatment provided in government or private medical institutions.

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