Wireless Access for Health in the Philippines

Supported by Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach Initiative and in collaboration with various stakeholders, the Wireless Access for Health (WAH) is designed to improve health care in the Philippines by reducing the time required for monthly reporting. This improves access to accurate and relevant patient information for clinicians and decision makers.

Wireless Access for Health / Tarlac

The Wireless Access for Health is a program which uses Qualcomm’s 3G technology over Smart Communications' network to improve the electronic medical record system of the Philippines.

In the Philippines, local health providers record and report public health data to the Field Health Service Information System, which is the official recording system of the Department of Health (DOH). The Wireless Access for Health partnership aims to streamline this reporting process by building on and strengthening the existing Community Health Information Tracking Systems (CHITS). CHITS is an electronic medical record system developed by the National Telehealth Center (University of the Philippines-Manila). This system improves access to patient’s public health information by consolidating data captured during a patient’s visit into a report for healthcare workers in municipal health units in Tarlac, Philippines.

USAID supports this program by providing technical assistance and advising on project strategy development and implementation. This partnership is funded under the Wireless Reach Initiative by Qualcomm


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Qualcomm

    Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast...

  • Smart Communications, Inc.

    Service Providers
    Philippines | Staff size: 5001-10,000

    Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is a wireless services provider with 52.1 million subscribers on its GSM network as of end-September 2012. Smart has built a reputation for innovation, having...

  • RTI International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition. Clients rely on them to answer questions that demand an objective and...

  • Department of Health, Philippines

    Philippines | Staff size: Unknown

    The Department of Health (DOH) holds the over-all technical authority on health as it is a national health policy-maker and regulatory institution. The DOH has three major roles in the health...

  • University of The Philippines Manila, National TeleHealth Center

    Philippines | Staff size: 26-50

    THe National Telehealth Center's (NTHC) commitment is to engage people to use available technologies to improve health care albeit distance barriers. Since its conception, it continues to...

  • Tarlac State University, Philippines

    Staff size: 251-500

    Tarlac State University (TSU) is the center for academic excellence in the province of Tarlac in the Philippines. It offers graduate courses in many fields as well as vocational, undergraduate...

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Key Information

LocationEast Asia and Pacific, Philippines
  • Start Date 2010
  • End Date 2012
  • Sectors