Field Health Service Information SystemWritten by Walter B. Sasam
- Created: 21 June 2013
Field Health Service Information System (eFHSIS)
“An accurate, reliable, and timely Health Information System”
Every health personnel at any level of service have one common challenge to defy, that is to be able to meet the needs of the local communities within the available resources. As a result, they should be able to establish the exact priorities considering numerous health concerns. Accordingly, to be able to establish the right priorities, a health information system that could deliver accurate, reliable and timely data is what they need.
The Field Health Service Information System (FHSIS) has been purposed to meet these data needs. It is designed to capture the data at the barangay level. Entry items such as the patient’s general information, demographic data, consultations, health services done like laboratory examinations, diagnosis, immunizations, maternal care, family planning and other relevant history forms the part of the data. Furthermore, these data are passed to the municipal level for report generation and uploading to the Provincial, Regional and National Database Server. At the National level, eFHSIS information are produced and made available to the local community for their strategic and statistical decision making for the well-being of the residents in a particular community. Hence, with its user friendly feature, this system promotes high level of appreciation and data utilization in planning for health.
The Municipality of Dalaguete, together with the municipalities of the south-eastern part in the Province of Cebu took its first look and feel at the eFHIS last June 18, 2013 as the Department of Health Region VII conducted its orientation held at Dakong Bato Beach and Leisure Resort. The orientation was headed by Ms. Madelene Ocampo, DOH Representative Nurse and assisted by Marty Manayon, IT Specialist of DOH RO VII. Dr. Jose Edgar V. Alonso, M.D., provided a warm welcome message to the participants.
The orientation of the eFHSIS started with the simple introduction of what the system is all about; the system’s purpose, scope and data flow. It was followed by the process of installation of the system in each participant’s laptop/netbook. After the system was installed, the participants proceeded with the next step that is getting familiarized with the operation. In other words a sample data entry process was conducted which was being headed by Mr. Marty Manayon. Having a user-friendly interface, the participants found it easy entering data to the eFHSIS. After the sample data has been entered, the report generation process then came next. Report generation came in much easier because the user only needs to click a button on a specific report to generate and it’s done. Consequently, after entering data and generating reports the orientation came to the last phase which is uploading of the data and reports. However before uploading, it must go through compression to save space and bandwidth. With all these being learned, the participating municipalities are now more equipped and capable in producing accurate, reliable and timely reports that could help them on decision making for the next health related projects and program.
Sources: eFHSIS Manual and eFHSIS Presentation which are included in the eFHSIS installation pack.