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Macel Legaspi

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In the hopes of making headway in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Philippine healthcare market, the Philippine Healthcare Insurance Corporation or PhilHealth launched October last year the first phase of its e-claims project dubbed the "Claims Eligibility Web Service" or CEWS. According to PhilHealth, the CEWS will allow a hospital (or any accredited healthcare provider) to validate a patient's member registration and contributions with PhilHealth immediately, thereby "reducing turnaround time in eligibility verification as well as reducing the number of return-to-hospital (RTH) claims". There are 70 or thereabouts private and government hospitals signed up as part of the pilot. Some of the hospitals that have completed the pilot run and currently utilizing the said web service include St. Luke's Medical Center, The Medical City, Ca... (more)

IT in Healthcare

E-health initiatives are now found in 68% of the ICST policies in the Asia and Pacific region, as stated by the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Information Communication and Space Technology (UNESCAP-ICST). In the Philippines, local hospitals and clinics see IT systems as both a challenge and an opportunity. By improving the quality of healthcare and medical information accuracy, these systems allow the country’s healthcare providers to meet the increasing demands not only of the local market but also the international market. Value for IT... (more)

Building Next-Generation Tech Leaders

I spoke to Mike Lim, VP for Engineering at Exist, who by the way is currently enrolled at the prestigious Kellogg-HKUST Executive MBA program, about this and here's my non-verbatim summary of our short exchange: Give people the opportunity to lead, even with small projects. Assign him/her a role, instead of giving tasks. This will give the person room to be creative and innovative. This'll give him/her a chance to demonstrate what he/she can be capable of. It's not having the title of a "manager". One can be a mentor to another, give inputs and share his/her experience to a peer,... (more)

Open Source - Community-Inspired Software Development

The World Is Flat author Thomas Friedman said that "the most disruptive force of all" is that of the increased ability for people anywhere in the world to collaborate. In his book, he re-told the story of how Behlendorf had founded the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), a big self-organizing community of software developers. Apparently Behlendorf wasn't the only one working on the project he was working with so he started to collaborate with the other programmers to -- simply put it -- get things done faster. This collaboration eventually gave birth to ASF. ASF's focus is on open ... (more)

Open Innovation: Achieving Open Source Success

Open Source Today Open source has been an agent of innovation for the past years. More than 10 years ago, standards were dictated by the bigger technology companies. However, the past decade has reflected a transformation that distinguishes open source as the de facto choice for majority of global organizations. Open source today sets the trends. Why Should I Consider It? Open source, characterized by collaboration, communities of developers, and access to source code in relation to software development, and the business models built around it, continue to reshape the IT ecosystem... (more)