Philippine Malaria Information System (PhilMIS)

PhilMIS is operational in 30 workstations

PhilMIS workstations in 30 malaria-endemic provinces are functional. With a regular encoder at the workstation, they submit databases regularly to the National Epidemiology Center. Likewise, PhilMIS forms are submitted regularly, from the peripheral health centers to the Provincial Health Office.

Through the 8-year evolution of PhilMIS, the need for data at the local levels have been satisfactory delivered. Annual data is used in decision-making processes, planning and evaluation of the Malaria program, from the rural health unit up to the national level. PhilMIS data has also been utilized to identify outbreaks, thus saved many lives.

Ongoing work on PhilMIS for municipal and hospital data entry

Recently, the PhilMIS is being modified to accommodate data entry at the municipal and hospital levels. The Field Epidemiology Training Program Alumni Inc. (FETPAFI) was engaged to carry out this task.

At the same time, PhilMIS malaria reporting will be harmonized with Philippine Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (PIDSR). This initiative will strengthen malaria reporting and ensure achievement of a quality malaria data.

The modified PhilMIS for municipal and hospital-level data entry was pilot tested in Occidental Mindoro and Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. It was also expanded to two more regions, Northern Mindanao and SOCCSKSARGEN.

Designated PhilMIS encoders from Rural Health Units, government and non-government hospitals from six provinces (Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, North Cotabato South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani) were trained on the Modified PhilMIS. At the end of 2012, it is expected that the trained PhilMIS encoders will implement the Modified PhilMIS with the support of their corresponding Center for Health Development.