by Elizalde D. Bana, College of Nursing
In the hope of hosting more forums in the future that could change the country’s health care system, the College of Nursing (CON) along with the College of Engineering (COE) and the School of Computer Studies (SCS) held its first Balik-Scientist Lecture series on November 5-6 at the COE Amphitheater.
The two-day Balik-Scientist Lecture series attracted 350 participants had for its theme “Exploring New Frontiers and Breaking Grounds in Bioinformatics”, a theme reflective of the MSU- IIT’s vision and encouragement for innovations in the forging of the intersection between health science and technology.
The lecture series speaker was Dr. Romulo J. De Castro, a researcher in Neuroscience, Immunology and Bioinformatics.
He presented a balanced overview of the electronic health record (EHR) – the motivation for adoption, potential benefits in health and research, challenges in practice and utilization, and concerns over encounters between doctors and patients.
In addition to his lectures, the forum allowed faculty members to work on “ideation” or idea generation that brought together nurses, engineers and IT experts.
Castro also extended the meaningful use of data and health information exchanges, the issues in their implementations especially in a third-world country, and the new trends of nursing informatics.
He showed his ongoing work at the UP Manila that is, the development of a mobile biological data repository app for its “Sampung Halamang Gamot” research project aside from discussing other tools in research and clinical data that could prove useful in networking in the Philippine context.