CHITS: Community Health Information Tracking System

A good news to all residents of Navotas and Quezon City, developed by the National TeleHealth Center (NThC) Of UP Manila introduces CHITS - the Community Health Information Tracking System wherein all health centers on the said area are required to use CHITS an electronic medical records system creating a health information network through using computerized system for faster monitoring, planning, and decision making for the LGUs and eventually the Department of Health.

For example, Navotas City has armed its midwives and other health personnel with mobile CHITS or mCHITS, a combination of CHITS and mobile technology, so that they can input important data right from the field. It is the first city to do so. As for Quezon City, it is the first city in the country to automate the entire health department. CHITS will be the first in the country to automate its entire health department. CHITS will be installed in 72 health centers including seven Super Health Centers. This means 142 barangays containing more than 3 million redisents will be served by one integrated Health Information Systems.

CHITS also frees health personnel to do more service delivery as it unloads them from spending afternoons doing tremendous paperwork required by the City Health Office and the DOH. It automatically generates reports that are complaint with the DOH's Field Health Service Information Sytem (FHSIS). The system also features a PhilHealth module which monitors health services rendered to its members and dependents.

CHITS, the country's first ever electronic medical record (EMR) system, operates on open-source software. It is a perfect example of NThC's mandate "to put health in the hands of the people" by linking UP Manila's health care professionals with the communities using available technologies which are accessible, affordable, appropriate, and culturally acceptable.



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