Telenursing in a Developing Country: The Philippine Experience
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.
KeywordsTriage Nurse National Health Insurance Program District Health System Short Messaging System Inequitable Access
Commission on Higher Education
Community Health Information Tracking System
Information and Communication Technology
Inter-local Health Zone
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.
Transfer of responsibility for the provision of basic services and facilities from the national to the local governments.
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.
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.
Any technology, including but not limited to IT, for transmitting, communicating, or broadcasting information.
Electronic storage, processing, and retrieval of information utilizing computer systems.
Nationally endorsed unit for local health service management and delivery in the Philippines.
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.
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.
Subset of telehealth/telemedicine pertaining to nursing care.
System of sorting patients according to clinical needs.
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