Data Security

The online activity was about how to secure your medical practice. In medicine, the rights of the patients are fully respected, and thus it is expected that all doctors ensure that patient data does not leak out to the public. The activity was relatively easy, but there were some mistakes committed due to some gaps in knowledge.

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What I Learned from the Activity:

Having an EHR is not enough to have a good practice in Medicine. It is very important to ensure that the health record is safe and secure. Specific contingency plans must be done in case of disasters, crimes, and other breaches of security. Doctors need to be aware of making sure that patients’ information be kept confidential at all times. All personnel, not just the doctors and managers, must observe ethical procedures, which include concrete steps to avoid confusion.

My Weather Analysis

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LATEST UPDATE FROM the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (USA)
Beyond Tau 72, there is still a disagreement of models and a possibility of an alternate scenario still remains. PAG-ASA’s track and Japan Meteorological Agency shows a persistent western track, which can potentially be devastating, especially for those affected by STY Haiyan.

GFS Forecasts have shifted to recurve NE and loop back towards N. Luzon. PAG-ASA’s track completely disregards the possible break in the STR phenomenon to the north, which would slow the system down while traversing the country. I find it odd that schools have already begun closing as early as Dec 5, but the storm is expected to arrive by Dec 7-9. More so, Laguna and Batangas have already suspended their classes as early as Friday, but the students and locals would be greeting sunshine and clouds throughout the day.

Regardless of the predicted forecasts, STY Ruby remains a threat to the Philippines.

Information Technology: Change in Weather Forecasting

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Dissemination of information is key to a good early warning signal in order to prevent unnecessary loss of lives and property.

As technology continues to change, PAG-ASA has developed ways to communicate to the public: Web 2.0 social media (Twitter, Facebook). Their website has improved and continues to improve with the recent instalment of Doppler radars in the country. Unfortunately, in the provinces there’s still a lack of infrastructure. It just shows that not everyone can benefit from the advancements in technology. The people who need them the most are the ones that suffer from disasters such as these.

Let’s hope that the typhoon does not cause much damage and loss of life.

By the way, this image came from PAG-ASA as of 11:00am Dec 3, 2014

Healthcare Industry

The healthcare industry uses information systems to manage and control all its key functions, such as executive functions, human resources, health service delivery and health planning. It has become integral to the work of health professionals because it helps create information more efficiently and effectively. Hospitals have used software to manage patient records, laboratory findings, financial statements, executive information, and process planning. This also reduces the unnecessary costs associated with long waiting times, including the additional red tape for filing physical forms. It also improves communication between doctors and patients because things are much faster and there is no need to keep coming back for a visit. Also, by centralizing different types of data into the main database system, it would greatly reduce the burden of filing papers into their respective file area. Technology is not limited to increasing efficiency but also gaining competitive advantage over other hospitals or health service providers. For example, if a hospital has upgraded its facilities, including installment of software that runs the entire network of functions of that hospital, the system becomes more efficient in delivering healthcare to its patients. If a patient is made to wait longer because of a slow system, that patient may transfer to a different hospital that delivers a better service.

The government also uses information technology in providing health coverage for its citizens using the Universal Health Management Information System. It has a central database containing reported diseases, drug prices, incidence of firework related injuries, patient records and other surveillance systems for easier monitoring. This greatly helps in leadership and governance because the leaders can now formulate better policies and programs to promote national and local health. Overall, it is advantageous to its citizens because this gives the government a chance to see the entire health picture and what needs to be done in the future. Hopefully, the Department of Health would reach their target in 2016 so IT coverage would extend even to the far-flung areas.

Biography

I am David Ong, a graduate of B.S. Health Sciences from the Ateneo de Manila University Loyola Schools. I was born in Capitol Medical Center, Quezon City. Ever since I was a kid, I was already being exposed to a lot of medicine because my parents are both doctors. In my mother’s side, my aunt, uncle, great-aunt, great-uncle are all doctors. At first I did not want to become a doctor because it looked very demanding. My parents never seem to have any vacation because they work for almost 7 times a week. I only learned to appreciate their work when I realized that there is more to just blood and sacrifice, that life is precious and we must do all that we can to help those in need.

Before I came to medicine, I also had a lot of childhood dreams. I wanted to become a pilot because I was interested in airplanes and how they work. I also wanted to become a meteorologist because I would usually record all the storms and weather patterns in Manila. I also wanted to become a chef because at an early age, I was very interested in cooking. In the end, I chose medicine because I feel that this is my true calling. But that does not mean that I lost interest in my other ambitions. In fact, I still enjoy looking at the weather and I collect model airplanes. I even got a certificate in Center Culinary Arts, Manila, finishing a Fundamentals in Culinary Arts course. I will never stop cooking because cooking food will always be close to my heart. Who knows, maybe I will get to use my Masters in Business Administration to open up a small restaurant.

My mantra is to keep persisting for whatever it is you want to do because you can do it. I am able to accomplish a lot of things in high school and college because I did my best to get to my goals.