July 1, 2021

NegOcc’s health and emergency management system is now fully electronic

The provincial administration of Negros Occidental is embracing digital technology in order to provide Negrenses with more effective and efficient health and emergency services.

Earlier this week, Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson led a ceremonial unveiling of the Digitizing Health and Emergency Management initiative, which integrates three services into one platform that can be accessed by officials and constituents in all of the province’s 31 local government units (LGUs). The initiative is intended to mark the beginning of National Disaster Resilience Month in 2021.

“Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) has altered the world, and we are required to change with it; to act and adapt in response to the exigencies of the circumstance. We are not only taking a step, but a giant leap forward in dealing with this issue in an adept and consummate way, using all of the knowledge and resources at our disposal, which includes technology,” Lacson stated during the inauguration ceremonies conducted at the Capitol Social Hall in this city.

Three pillars of services are included in the Digitizing Health and Emergency Management initiative: the Negros Occidental Emergency 911 system, the One Hospital Command system, and the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Program (NOCHP).

As part of its ongoing development, the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center is also working on a mobile application for all three services.

“Let us disseminate the word about this development widely; the Negrenses need to be aware that assistance is just a phone call away in an emergency,” Lacson added.

Rayfrando Diaz II, the provincial administrator, said that the provincial administration has digitized its health and emergency management systems in order to integrate all of the province’s health-related services.

“It is only appropriate that we launch all of these initiatives today, as we commemorate National Disaster Resilience Month,” he said.

The Negros Occidental Emergency 911, which has a command center at this city’s Panaad Park, was formed in accordance with President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order 56, series of 2018, which established the Emergency 911 hotline as a national emergency response point.

In addition, the One Hospital Command will serve as the focal point for communications between referrals from one hospital to another, as well as for medical transport and patient pick-up arrangements, as well as for providing health system capacity, data analytics, risk communications, and optimizing the use of critical care services across all hospitals in Negros Occidental.

It may also accept recommendations from first responders, such as Emergency 911 and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, as well as from the general public.

Those who are members of the NOCHP, which aims to provide comprehensive health care, particularly to indigent Negrosanons, are entitled to free outpatient care in participating government hospitals as well as PHP5,000 in medical assistance per year. Members and their qualified dependents are also entitled to free inpatient care in participating government hospitals.

Beneficiaries will be able to find out the status of their benefits by logging into the online information system.

The provincial government hopes that by digitizing health and emergency management, it will be able to provide more efficient health services, more effectively manage health services, resources, and manpower, and operationalize the patient referral system, as required by the Universal Health Care Act, as well as provide immediate response to all types of emergencies and foster collaboration and coordination among responders.

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