Telenursing pp 83-93 | Cite as

Telenursing in a Developing Country: The Philippine Experience

  • Joselito M. Montalban
Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)


Telenursing, the delivery of nursing services across a distance utilizing information and communication technology (ICT), is not yet a mainstream profession in the Philippines. Save for nurses taking part in an experimental or pilot telehealth project in a major university, it is unlikely that one would find a practicing nurse in the country list telenursing as an occupation or specialty. It is doubtful that even triage nurses in call centers run by managed care organizations would call themselves telenurses.


Triage Nurse National Health Insurance Program District Health System Short Messaging System Inequitable Access 
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Commission on Higher Education


Community Health Information Tracking System


Information and Communication Technology


Inter-local Health Zone


Information Technology


National Health Insurance Program


Philippine General Hospital


University of the Philippines


Voice-over Internet protocol


World Wide Web



Special thanks go to Prof. Teresita I. Barcelo, Ph.D., President of the Philippine Nursing Association and Head of the Research and Creative Writing Program of the University of the Philippines College of Nursing, for sharing some insight. Information provided by the CHED, through Ms. Sheila F. Jalbuena of the Office of Programs and Standards, is also much appreciated.


Devolution –

Transfer of responsibility for the provision of basic services and facilities from the national to the local governments.

District health system –

A more or less contained segment of the national health system that comprises a well-defined administrative and geographic area, rural or urban, including all institutions and sectors contained in it whose activities contribute to improve health.

Health center –

A primary-care facility in the district health system. It is the government’s lowest level of health care in the multi-tiered health referral system.

Information and communication technology –

Any technology, including but not limited to IT, for transmitting, communicating, or broadcasting information.

Information technology –

Electronic storage, processing, and retrieval of information ­utilizing computer systems.

Inter-local health zone (area health zone) –

Nationally endorsed unit for local health service management and delivery in the Philippines.

Store-and-forward (asynchronous) –

A process in telecommunications whereby information is sent to an intermediate station and stored there for subsequent transmission to its final destination or another intermediate station at a later time.

Telehealth/telemedicine –

Delivery of health-care services across a distance utilizing ICT. Distinction is sometimes made between telemedicine and telehealth, with the former referring specifically to curative health care and the latter to promotive and preventive care. Telehealth may also be taken or as the umbrella term encompassing all of promotive and preventive as well as curative care. In this chapter, the two terms are used synonymously.

Telenursing –

Subset of telehealth/telemedicine pertaining to nursing care.

Triaging –

System of sorting patients according to clinical needs.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of the Philippines in ManilaCagayan de OroPhilippines

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