Having been the Qualcomm Wireless Reach project manager for our Wireless Access for Health (WAH) program in the Philippines since 2009, I want to say that it is truly our honor to be shortlisted as one of the five finalists of the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships P3 Impact Award!
The WAH project (which I initially blogged about in April 2014) uses 3G technology to improve health care by reducing the time required for reporting and improving access to accurate and relevant patient information for clinicians and government decision makers. As of September 2014, we have served more than 500,000 patients and recorded over 2 million patient consultations. This is an incredible feat, especially looking back at where the project began—paper records piled high in storage rooms, making it extremely difficult to access and analyze data.
Since the pilot phase began in 2009, the scale of the project’s expansion has been impressive—from four clinics in Tarlac Province to 89 city and rural clinics spanning across 24 provinces in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao in just five years.
The success of this project demonstrates the power of public/private partnerships and how mobile technology can truly make a positive impact on basic health services. What’s most inspiring for me is that Wireless Access for Health has become a testament on how mobile connectivity can benefit communities at large. To date, more than 60 public and private partner organizations—including national, regional and local government departments, universities and other educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and private corporations—are working closely to enable sustainable success of the project.
As Dr. Ricardo Ramos, Provincial Health Officer, Tarlac Provincial Health Office shared: “That’s the beauty of this project, the partnership among the stakeholders and by everyone sharing the technology, their resources, and their expertise. We don’t say, Wait, what’s in there for me? but believing that this is good for all, the public, the private… so it’s good for humanity.”
We are also proud of the tangible benefits that the project has brought to medical practitioners and clinicians in the Philippines. According to Dr. Juliet Ofiene Cabunic, Municipal Health Officer in Gerona, “we have a more quality time for our patients because we spend less time doing paperwork and trying to locate records.”
I am very proud to be a part of this wonderful project and look forward to working with our partners to continue our efforts in using mobile connectivity to transform health care in the Philippines and worldwide.