The Tardis Technician, aka MS Health Informatics Student.

A person can choose to never stop learning and this is the philosophy that I have adopted. I graduated from college more than ten years ago but since then, education, whether formal or informal, has and will always be a part of my life. My career can be said to be quite a curious one – I have an industrial economics degree, which I’ve applied in two industries, namely the automotive and hotel industries, and I also have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and I’ve worked in hospitals and aged care facilities. While these fields, at first glance, appear dissonant, I’ve learned that the skills in one can also be applied to the other. In particular, in my operations experience in the automotive and hotel industries, I have seen the advantage of the use of technology and believe that this can be used to an advantage in providing greater benefit in providing better patient care. It is this intersect — that of medicine and technology — that I would like to focus on and develop myself professionally. It is a direction where I can harmonize and apply what I have learned in my current and past roles. It is a field that is of extreme interest to me, not only because of its potential but also because I believe it is where I will develop my strengths. I have a natural inclination to the use of technology as I recognize, and have availed of, its benefits. At the same time, I feel fulfilled when I work in the medical field. It is challenging and rewarding to be directly responsible for the care and happiness of each patient that I have assisted.

Self-directed learning as a method of instruction is ideal for post-graduate studies. A more mature student can be trusted on to take initiative in seeking out answers and not merely relying on others to provide them. Education is as much the process as it is about the outcome. Self-directed learning promotes resourcefulness and discipline. It also makes the student accountable for his education. Because the student has actively chosen the path of his studies, he places a greater value on what is learned. In the modern world, it also creates an opportunity for a student to explore and develop his own interests and to adapt his studies to real world scenarios and experiences.

I lived in Australia for an extended period, during which, I took the opportunity to observe how hospitals and health care facilities used facilities to the benefit of patients. The use of technology helped in minimizing waiting time, assisted nurses and doctors in their tasks, improved efficiency and accuracy. This use of technology was not exercised not only in the high-end facilities but also in public hospitals. In stark contrast, I also worked in a Philippine local government hospital where I witnessed that there was a lack of resources, leading to problems such as not having a standard method of information data-gathering and patients experiencing delays in receiving medical attention. I would like to explore whether the prevalent use of technology, such as in Australia, can be replicated to some extent by our public hospital and facilities.  With this in mind, I’ve considered the following as possible areas of research: (A) because I’ve seen how long it can take to verify and re-verify the patient coming from one hospital to another, whether there can be a standardized system of patient information gathering and sharing among and between government and private hospitals – i.e. whether it would be possible for the hospital industry in to share a secured database for all the patients in the country, which would minimize the time it takes for patients to be admitted from a one hospital to another, may it be private or government; (B) maximizing mobile technology in improving patient care. Mobile technology such as tablets and smartphones have become affordable thus increasing accessibility.  This would be of particular help to low budget hospitals and health centers that would not have the capacity to purchase computers. I would like to know if there is a way to use this kind of mobile technology as a tool in improving the much needed improved data gathering of patient information and data access to help minimize the waiting time of each patient from the time they arrive in the medical institution until they are diagnosed and treated by the doctors; (C) whether mobile technology can be used by a barangay health center in monitoring data of its constituents, which would enable local government officials to: (i) ensure that it has the proper resources for the needs of its people such as medicines and equipment, and (ii) to promote the appropriate education/awareness campaigns and programs. I am hoping that in the course of my studies, I can get advice on which of the foregoing would be the most worthwhile pursuing or if these preliminary ideas can be further developed and formed into clearer research topics.

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#HealthInformatics #MSHI #UPManila #Welcome2017!

Allons-y!

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back to school v3.0

even with the bit of rain here and there, class will push thru.

even the declaration from the school and city class will push thru.

surprisingly it also stopped raining, so i guess class will really push thru.
very curious what this new semester will bring about. but first time to grab some breakfast as the tummy is already complaining.

#MI216 #MSHI

Allons-y!

tardis & tech support

to help out non whovians out there. i will occasionally give definitions on Doctor Who terminology. but for starters, we will start with the blog title, tardistechsupport.

what is a tardis / time and relative dimension in space?

according to Wikipedia

A TARDIS is a product of the advanced technology of the Time Lords, an extraterrestrial civilisation to which the programme’s central character, the Doctor, belongs. A properly maintained and piloted TARDIS can transport its occupants to any point in time and space. The interior of a TARDIS is much larger than its exterior. It can blend in with its surroundings using the ship’s “chameleon circuit”. TARDISes also possess a degree of sapience (which has been expressed in a variety of ways ranging from implied machine personality and free will through to the use of a conversant avatar) and provide their users with additional tools and abilities including a universal translation system based on telepathy.

what is a tech support?

according to Wikipedia again… (this is how diligent this tardis tech support can be)

Technical support (often shortened to tech support) refers to a plethora of services by which enterprises provide assistance to users of technology products such as mobile phones, televisions, computers, software products or other informatic, electronic or mechanical goods. In general, technical support services address specific problems with a product or service rather than the provision of training, customization, or other support services. Most companies offer technical support for the products they sell, either freely available or for a fee. Technical support may be delivered over by e-mail, live support software on a website, or a tool where users can log a call or incident. Larger organizations frequently have internal technical support available to their staff for computer-related problems. The Internet can also be a good source for freely available tech support, where experienced users help users find solutions to their problems.[not verified in body] In addition, some fee-based service companies charge for premium technical support services.

now you just combine the two and you get the meaning of tardis tech support.

Allonsy!

 

First blog post

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This is your very first post. Click the Edit link to modify or delete it, or start a new post. If you like, use this post to tell readers why you started this blog and what you plan to do with it.

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hello. this blog starts down here. i plan to keep the original first blog post above from wordpress as this will remind me that on this day, 04th of August 2016, i created and open my first ever blog. i wanted to say that i was inspired by some eureka moment, but this is more of a requirement in my class for MS Health Informatics in University of the Philippines Manila.

now, i had to update all my photos from twitter, instagram, snapchat, google+ and facebook after learning that i need to use stock photos whenever i post in a blog. not that this blog will get that famous (would be nice if it did), but as a digital citizen, i will do my best to follow the basic rules of intellectual property.

below are the stock photos i got with the help of Mr G. these are the same photos you see somewhere here on the background of this blog.

i used this one as my standard header photo.

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while this one will be my profile picture for a while. until i can afford to pay for the premium account of stock photos online.

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i have to get back in updating the background and profile pictures of my other social media accounts. i will explain more on my next post.

Allonsy!

(for non Whovians, taken from Wikia, Allons-y, according to the Tenth Doctor, was French for “Let’s go”. It was one of the Tenth Doctor’s favourite sayings; he especially wanted to say, “Allons-y, Alonso”, which he eventually said to Alonso Frame. The Twelfth Doctor once claimed that he was able to say it due to his precise control over the TARDIS Translation circuits.)