Philippine Hospitals to talk about Challenges & Opportunities in Healthcare IT

Philippine Hospitals to talk about Challenges & Opportunities in Healthcare IT

Philippine Hospitals to talk about Challenges & Opportunities in Healthcare IT 150 150 Exist Software Labs Inc.

This week, together with ComputerWorld Philippines, Exist will be hosting a roundtable for hospital CIOs. I’ve added “Philippines” because Cebu Doctors’ Hospital might join the distinguished panel, which already includes hospital IT leaders from The Medical City, Asian Hospital, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, and St. Luke’s Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, and Manila Doctors Hospital. I just found out today that Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital won’t be able to make it.

That’s too bad.

It will be one of the first forums with a focus on healthcare and we’re planning to take it regional, one way or another. The main theme is about “modernizing healthcare” or as the forum’s subtitle says it “IT-enabling Philippine Hospitals“.

Basically, what we’d like to achieve: get a better understanding of healthcare IT adoption & implementation (in the Philippines), and encourage sharing of best practices and showcase success scenarios.

In the Philippines, we need to hear more experiences, more success stories. We need avenues to learn from each other and give us a chance to collaborate.

Let me mention valuable sentiments from Dr. Muin, The Medical City CIO (he was talking at length about the FUD in a recent HIT implementation):

I’ve been in Health IT for 10 years now. And the sad reality is that 40-80% of HIT projects will fail. “Dadaan sa butas ng karayom” before one can make a project really work. But whether one succeeds or fails, we should all welcome the risk that was taken. We should welcome the lessons, the gains one will make for the whole industry.

Philippines has monumental challenges (in HIT). We have yet to scratch the surface of the possible solutions we need… So, let’s stop spreading FUD and shooting down other people’s projects. Stop worrying and start working. We need all the successes we can get.

(Let me make mention that the above statements are non-verbatim; such statements were referenced from one of the discussions in the Philippine Medicial Information Society group.)

At the roundtable, there will be discussions on IT governance, technology adoption, buy vs build strategies, challenges, and lessons from Philippine health executive leaders. It is an exclusive event, but stay tuned as I plan to live stream record (and provide access to our subscribers too) the event.


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