SMS/MMS-based Enhancements to the Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) in the Philippines

The Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS) is an electronic public health information system introduced by the Pasay City Health Office in 2004. Pasay City is home to one-fifth of Metro Manila's slum dwellers, so the system serves a relatively poor urban population.

This project will explore the potential of short message service (SMS) and multimedia messaging service (MMS) to meet the information needs and enhance the services provided by health centres at the village, unit and regional level. Specifically, researchers will endeavor to find out whether SMS reminders can improve compliance rates with the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) and maternal care, whether SMS can improve the timeliness and ease of reporting notifiable diseases, and whether MMS can be used effectively for diagnosing and treating skin diseases (teledermatology).

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Project status


Start Date

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

End Date

Thursday, January 13, 2011


12 months

IDRC Officer

Fuchs, Richard

Total funding

CA$ 24,300


Far East Asia, Philippines, Central Asia, South Asia

Project Leader

Alvin B Marcelo


University of the Philippines Manila Development Foundation, Inc.

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