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Community Health Information Tracking System

Open Source electronic health record system for local government health centers in the Philippines.
keywords clinical domains
Public health informatics, information management, primary health care, community networks, electronic health record system, LAMP-based - -
developed by Dr. Herman Tolentino and colleagues through a grant from the International Development Research Centre of Canada.
released 2004
status In use. Available for download.
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description

CHITS (the Community Health Information Tracking system) is "a free and open source software electronic health record system for local government health centers in the Philippines. CHITS was created by Dr. Herman Tolentino through a grant from the International Development Research Centre of Canada."

"As of June 2011 ... CHITS has been deployed in 50 rural health units in the Philippines."

CHITS is managed by the UP Manila National Telehealth Center, and forms part of the "Using Computers and Cellphones to Improve Local Health Information Systems" program.

references

Marcelo AB. Health information systems: a survey of frameworks for developing countries. Yearb Med Inform. 2010:25-9.

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"Objectives: The objective of this paper is to perform a survey of excellent research on health information systems (HIS) analysis and design, and their underlying theoretical frameworks. It classifies these frameworks along major themes, and analyzes the different approaches to HIS development that are practical in resource-constrained environments. Method: Literature review based on PubMed citations and conference proceedings, as well as Internet searches on information systems in general, and health information systems in particular. Results: The field of health information systems development has been studied extensively. Despite this, failed implementations are still common. Theoretical frameworks for HIS development are available that can guide implementers. Conclusion: As awareness, acceptance, and demand for health information systems increase globally, the variety of approaches and strategies will also follow. For developing countries with scarce resources, a trial-and-error approach can be very costly. Lessons from the successes and failures of initial HIS implementations have been abstracted into theoretical frameworks. These frameworks organize complex HIS concepts into methodologies that standardize techniques in implementation. As globalization continues to impact healthcare in the developing world, demand for more responsive health systems will become urgent. More comprehensive frameworks and practical tools to guide HIS implementers will be imperative. "

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Tolentino H, Marcelo A, Marcelo P, Maramba I. Linking primary care information systems and public health information networks: lessons from the Philippines. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2005;116:955-60.

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" Community-based primary care information systems are one of the building blocks for national health information systems. In the Philippines, after the devolution of health care to local governments, we observed "health information system islands" connected to national vertical programs being implemented in devolved health units. These structures lead to a huge amount of "information work" in the transformation of health information at the community level. This paper describes work done to develop and implement the open-source Community Based Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) Project, which was implemented to address this information management problem and its outcomes. Several lessons learned from the field as well as software development strategies are highlighted in building community level information systems that link to national level health information systems. "

Herman T, Marcelo A, Marcelo P, Maramba I. Linking primary care information systems and public health vertical programs in the Philippines: an open-source experience. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2005:311-5.

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" Community-based primary care information systems are one of the building blocks for national health information systems. In the Philippines, after the devolution of health care to local governments, we observed "health information system islands" connected to national vertical programs being implemented in devolved health units. These structures lead to a huge amount of "information work" in the transformation of health information at the community level. This paper describes work done to develop and implement the open-source Community Based Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) Project, which was implemented to address this information management problem and its outcomes. Several lessons learned from the field as well as software development strategies are highlighted in building community level information systems that link to national level health information systems. "

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acknowledgements
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page history
Entry on OpenClinical: 07 January 2011
Last main update: 07 January 2011

 

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