DUMAGUETE CITY, Philippines ? The multi-million-peso computerization program of the Negros Oriental Hospital is now in full swing.
Provincial Health Officer Dante G. Domingo said a pre-bidding conference for the P17-million loan-funded project was recently conducted, with 10 bidders participating.
Domingo said the project has been designed to install a database of all the indigents in the province, increase the income of the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH), minimize personnel expense, enhance the efficiency of examination results, and improve networking capability and record keeping.
He said the provincial government wanted to enroll all the indigents in the PhilHealth or into the planned insurance system created by the local government units in the province, making the database important.
The plan, Domingo said, was related to the Comprehensive Health Program for the Indigents that would be offered by the Negros Oriental provincial government.
Domingo explained that the deluge of reimbursement claims for Medicare remained uncollected because of documentation problems. Also, there were hospital charges not reflected in the billing because of inefficient recording, he said.
Computerization would address these problems, Domingo said.
Upon the full installation of the system, the number of personnel assigned to do paper work would be reduced, he said.
Domingo added that medical examinations would be expedited at the NOPH, which would also be able to network with other hospitals in the country and abroad.
Domingo said an information technology team would run the system to ensure its efficiency. Under the program, the system is expected to be completely developed in five years.
Domingo said other government-run district and primary hospitals in the province would eventually be connected to the NOPH system.