CALASIAO, Pangasinan ? The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has introduced new IT-based services that can be seen benefiting the health and business sectors.
The projects include the eHealth Technology Assisted Boards for LGU Efficiency and Transparency (e-Tablet) and OneStore system, which were presented in a forum held at the Pangasinan Regency Hotel in this town last week.
Dr. Dennis Batangan from the Ateneo de Manila University explained that the e-Tablet is a tablet-based electronic medical record system developed by Ateneo de Manila?s Institute of Philippine Culture and Ateneo Java Wireless and Competency Center.
?Apart from being a platform for health workers to input and manage patient records, e-Tablet is also a decision-making tool for local government units (LGUs) which are given access to summarized simple medical data in the tablet,? he said.
Armed with real-time information, LGUs can make decisions such as allocating resources and manpower to respond to a certain medical situation in their locality. The e-Tablet also features a messaging system between the mayor and the municipal/city health officer.
According to Batangan, nine LGUs in Region 1 have adopted the e-Tablet technology ? two in La Union (Bauang and San Gabriel) and seven in Pangasinan (Alcala, Bugallon, Labrador, Pozorrubio, Rosales, San Quintin and Sison)
?Labrador and Sison towns are in the Top 20 users of the e-Tablet in the country,? he disclosed.
The DOST also introduced the OneStore system to provide entrepreneurs with a global platform to market their products.
Alexah Apostol, science research specialist of DOST-Pangasinan, said the system allows Internet users to log in to www.onestore.ph to order and purchase products that were developed by DOST-assisted entrepreneurs.
DOST has also partnered with banks and distributor firms in different parts of the country to facilitate the delivery and distribution of the ordered products.
The online marketplace is a cost-effective platform that will local entrepreneurs to penetrate both local and international markets, Apostol said.
?Some of the DOST-assisted micro-small-medium enterprises in Pangasinan that have already utilized the system are Nutridense Food Manufacturing Corporation, Yadao Food products and Binmaley Rural Improvement Club, among others,? he said. — PIA