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PAFP and Pharex bring information technology to doctors

Pharex HealthCorp PR Department
April 14, 2011

PAFP and Pharex bring information technology
to doctors at international convention for family physicians

February 23, 2011 - Cebu Waterfront Hotel, Cebu City

Pharex HealthCorp., one of the country’s pioneers in generic medicines, and the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) partnered again this year to bring the Health Informatics Program, a computer education support program for doctors, in the recently concluded 18th World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Association of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) Regional Conference for Asia 2011 held at the Cebu Waterfront Hotel.

The Health Informatics Program was one of the activities featured at the five-day international convention, which brought together local and foreign delegates to refresh their knowledge on the best practices as well as introducing them on new ideas and concepts to elevate the standards of medical care in family medicine. The international conference was also simultaneously held in celebration of the PAFP’s golden anniversary and annual convention.     

On their 8th year as partners not only in health but also in the continuing medical education of family physicians, Pharex and PAFP conducted the program to provide local and foreign family physicians with the latest updates on computer applications for the enhancement of providing better healthcare to patients.

“Today, knowledge of information technology has become a necessity for professionals all over the world, and those in the field of medicine and healthcare are no exception. Our partnership with the PAFP allows us to help our busy doctors keep pace with technology through computer education, which would help in providing better and efficient medical care to their patients,” said Liza Camba, product manager of Pharex HealthCorp.

“This computer education program for doctors is indeed timely to help our physicians harness the benefits of today’s technology in their practice and to keep abreast with the needs of today’s patients,” said Dr. Soraya Abubakar, president of PAFP.

Health Informatics or Medical Informatics combines teaching of information science, computer science, and healthcare. The program aims to help doctors learn about the resources, devices, and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval, and use of information in health and biomedicine. The tools used in this program include not only computers, but also clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication systems.

This year’s three-day computer education program attracted close to 3,000 physicians who wanted to be adept in harnessing computer technology to enhance the delivery of healthcare service. Excluding basic computer applications, the program conducted this year was divided into three modules, each providing a three-hour course facilitated by trainors from the PAFP. Lectures and hands-on training highlighted the program.  

Participants were able to grasp knowledge on creating electronic or printed patient medical records for clinical use via Microsoft Word; searching medical literature for health information needs and guidelines that focuses on utilizing Pubmed as search engine; and learning the basics of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) for creating simple patient record database and lists using Microsoft Excel while becoming familiar with freely distributed EMRs.

The Health Informatics Program started out as Computer Zoo in 2000, which provided simple computer tutorials to interested physicians. The program evolved into a systematic computer education program only last year with the aim to provide a module approach in teaching computer education to doctors.

The Health Informatics Program is just one of Pharex HealthCorp’s ongoing efforts to help doctors in their continuing medical education and promote high quality and affordable medicines to the public.

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