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IRR of the Data Privacy Act is out!

A few weeks back I attended the eHealth summit at the PICC and heard the keynote address of Raymond Liboro, first commissioner of the National Privacy Commission (NPC). Dr. Atty Ivy Patdu, NPC deputy commissioner was also at the event as a discussant in the panel on big data and privacy. She declared that the National Privacy Commission was working day and night to finish the implementing rules and regulations of the Data Privacy Act of 2012.

Let’s take a step back and follow the sequence of events.

The long title of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 states, it is an –

AN ACT PROTECTING INDIVIDUAL PERSONAL INFORMATION IN INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS IN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR, CREATING FOR THIS PURPOSE A NATIONAL PRIVACY COMMISSION, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Section 7 states the functions of the National Privacy Commission. Section 39 states

SEC. 39. Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR). – Within ninety (90) days from the effectivity of this Act, the Commission shall promulgate the rules and regulations to effectively implement the provisions of this Act.

Commissioner Liboro took his oath as commissioner of the National Privacy Commission last March 6, 2016. The next day March 7, Dr. Atty. Ivy Patdu and Dondi Mapa also took their oath as deputy commissioners of the National Privacy Commission.

Last May 23, 2016 President Aquino signed Republic Act No. 10844 Department of Information and Communications Technology Act of 2015 –

AN ACT CREATING THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY, DEFINING ITS POWERS AND FUNCTIONS APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

Section 9 of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 mentions the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) –

SEC. 9. Organizational Structure of the Commission. – The Commission shall be attached to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and shall be headed by a Privacy Commissioner, who shall also act as Chairman of the Commission. The Privacy Commissioner shall be assisted by two (2) Deputy Privacy Commissioners, one to be responsible for Data Processing Systems and one to be responsible for Policies and Planning. The Privacy Commissioner and the two (2) Deputy Privacy Commissioners shall be appointed by the President of the Philippines for a term of three (3) years, and may be reappointed for another term of three (3) years. Vacancies in the Commission shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.

It seems that all the elements to implement the Data Privacy Act are in place. And today at last June 17, I received a copy of the much awaited draft of the implementing rules and regulations of the Data Privacy Act from Dr. Atty. Ivy Patdu!

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If you have any comments about this draft, please email info@privacy.gov.ph.

 

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#HealthXPH: It’s Handled!

I’ve been following Olivia Pope on Scandal. Don’t you just love it when she says, “It’s handled.” I remember her every time someone tags me in the latest social media mishap in Philippine healthcare. As an advocate for using social media in healthcare, people often buzz me whenever an MD has a social media faux pas, a patient complains on Facebook about a healthcare encounter or a picture violating patient privacy surfaces. Not that I can do an Olivia Pope (nor would I want to) but they want to know what I think. Well, here’s what I think 🙂 I think we should discuss this at the #HealthXPH tweet chat on Saturday March 12 8 am EST (9 pm Manila time). Continue reading

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Becoming Dok Bru

I haven’t written a post here for a few weeks. I was busy writing posts at https://www.facebook.com/EndocrineWitch and http://www.dokbru.endocrine-witch.net/. Yes, I was busy becoming Dok Bru. Bru is short of course for Bruha or witch. 🙂

It was raining cats and dogs in Manila last July 8 so I decided to stay home. At #Doctors20 I had announced that I might revive my Facebook page after a long pause as internet.org now provides free access via one major Philippine telco. Continue reading

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Where are your (bedside) manners?

This exploded in my Facebook network two days ago. Doctors and nurses were furiously sharing it with angry comments.

Are resident doctors really doctors? http://mindanaotimes.net/loud-whispers-are-resident-doctors-really-doctors/

I wanted to finish writing this blog post yesterday but I had to collect myself first and calm down. The author of this now viral newspaper article, is talking about THE government hospital where I trained as a resident in internal medicine. My internal medicine residency is unique in that I spent ten months in the emergency room (ER) as part of the transition batch where the ER rotation was transferred to second year residency. Thus, I rotated at the ER twice – as a first year and second year resident. I am very familiar with the setting of the story. Continue reading

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Why does self-diagnosis annoy doctors?

This picture has circulated in my Facebook feed since last month. It didn’t feel right but I decided not to say anything as I saw some colleagues sharing it. I was wary of offending someone. However, there was one post in particular recently where I simply could not in good conscience keep quiet. And I said –

I am a physician and I find this picture offensive.

So what happened? The person who posted the picture deleted my reply! That’s what made me decide to write this blog post. Continue reading

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#HealthXPH: To Err is Human

I am attending the First ASEAN Patient Safety Congress next week June 25-26. The theme is Towards a Unified Approach to Patient Safety: The ASEAN Perspective. A colleague will be presenting our work in the medication error study group.

Then I saw this on my Twitter feed –

 

My first thought was, is there Philippine data? ASEAN data? I guess I’ll find out next week at the congress.

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#Doctors20: Mind Mapping for Health

Day 1 of Doctors 2.0 You conference. I’m at the master class for Mind Mapping for Health with Margot Vanfleteren (@MargotVF). We were to give a physician and patient’s point of view respectively, to the discussion by Jose M. Guerrero (@infosegS).

Jose is the founder and CEO of Infoseg, a company dedicated to research and development of mind mapping automation applications. He is also  co-author of Introduction to the applications of mind mapping in medicine. More about Jose here. Continue reading

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#Doctors20: Evaluating 20 Connected Objects

Day 1 at Doctors 2.0 and You conference. After my session with Dr. Carlo Caballero (@carvicab), I transferred rooms to catch Dr. Berci Mesko (@Berci), the medical futurist. I’d been following him for awhile on Twitter and was excited to meet Berci in person. I also wanted a picture with him as I had promised this to the rest of my #HealthXPh team mates who were also his fans. Continue reading

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#Doctors20: Patient Opinion Leaders

The first session I attended on Day 1 at the Doctors 2.0 and You conference was Patient Opinion Leaders + Pharma. Denise Silber moderated the session. The speakers were –

  • Seth Ginsberg (@creakyjoints). Seth is cofounder of CreakyJoints, an online patient community for those with arthritis. Seth was diagnosed with spondyloarthritis at age 13. More about Seth here.
  • Andrew Schorr (@andrewschorr). Andrew is a medical journalist who was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He is the founder of PatientPower.info and PatientPower.eu. More about Andrew here.
  • Nuria Zuniga (@TuLupus). Nuria was diagnosed with lupus at age 14. Nuria blogs at tulupusesmilupus.com. She was given a travel scholarship by the Society of Preventive Medicine to attend the conference. Read her qualifying essay on why she wanted to come to Doctors 2.0 here.

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#HealthXPh at AeHIN hour!

#HealthXPH was invited to a special AeHIN hour last night May 23 8-9 pm. This webinar was hosted on the WebEx platform. I discussed what a tweet chat is, the Healthcare Hashtag Project of Symplur and of course, #HealthXPH. Dr. Gia Sison talked about Twitter and tweet chat etiquette. Dr. Helen Madamba answered questions in the chat box. Dr. Remo Aguilar answered some questions during the Q & A that followed. Continue reading

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How are clinicians using social media to get messages across?

It’s been awhile. Busy with … everything! So we’re back to answering a question from the 26 questions of Doctors 2.0 by Denise Silber.

I picked this question because I’ve grappled with this for some time now.

In the beginning it was about drawing the line for communicating with patients on Facebook. In 2010, I wrote about whether doctors and patients can become friends on Facebook. I decided I wouldn’t. I wrote another post on what doctors should do when a patient makes a friend request. Continue reading

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Whose Choice is it Anyway?

At #PCP15, I listened to a symposium on how physicians communicate risk to patients. It reminded me of a recent post I had written on scaring patients. There was a patient on the sympo panel. She talked about surviving breast cancer and how when her surgeon sent her to an oncologist, the oncologist began writing down a chemotherapy regimen without even asking her if she wanted chemo or not. Continue reading

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Five-star Hospital: Is it all About Patient Experience?

If you’re planning to stay at a hotel you have not visited before, it’s de rigeur to check out the hotel ratings at TripAdvisor. The five-star rating ranges from 1 star Terrible to 5 stars Excellent. A rating is also given for the following parameters: sleep quality, location, rooms, service, value and cleanliness. Reviews are even classified according to the type of traveler: families, couples, solo and business.

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#HealthXPH at #PCP15

Leading in Social Media. That was the title of the #HealthXPH symposium at the 45th Philippine College of Physician’s annual convention.

We were scheduled to start at 3 pm but the previous session ended late. Really late, that we had to start at 4 pm. My heart sank when the full ballroom nearly emptied before we could start. We had only 20 people or so left to listen. It was the last session of the day after all. But I told myself, even if there was only 1 attendee 🙂 I would still talk about #HealthXPH! Continue reading

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The Ripple Effect

This was a presentation I shared with medical students at the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC) student conference last February 6 in Davao. After my lecture, some students came up to me for pictures. I also met some students from St. Louis University in Baguio City who told me they were so excited to share what they had learned from me, with their classmates who were not able to attend. Continue reading

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#HAWMC: I Wish I Would Have Known

#HAWMC Day 30.

There’s a reason why we have the saying, “Hindsight is 20/20.” What do you wish you had known at the beginning of your patient journey that would have made it easier and less scary?

I differ from the rest of the #HAMWC community because I’m a doctor. I was a patient once but I’m ok now. The blogging prompt made me think though of how I talk to my patients about diabetes complications. Continue reading

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#HAWMC: Bye, Bye, Bye

#HAWMC Day 27.

Living with an illness, you are more likely to face people who don’t understand your daily struggles. Sometimes, these people can be inconsiderate and hurtful. Have you ever wanted to tell them how you really feel, but didn’t feel like you were able to? Now is your chance! Write an open letter to the people who have hurt you. What would you say to them? What lessons would you like them to learn?

Although I’ve had my share of health problems, I’ve been well! But most of the #HAWMC community as I’ve learned in the last few weeks are brave people coping with chronic illness. I wait with bated breath to see how many open letters in #HAWMC will be addressed to doctors. Continue reading

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#HAWMC: Make It A Great Day

#HAWMC Day 26.

Life is full of ups and downs. Sometimes, the type of day we have is out of our control, but other times, we can influence how our day is going. Come up with 5 tips for changing your frame of mind when you’re having a bad day!

Are doctors allowed to have a bad day? What’s a bad day like for me? I’m running late for clinic because I had to attend a meeting that was an absolute waste of my time (I’m one of those who believe that 80% of meetings can be avoided by using email!).  I need to get home early to my kids and I still have a roomful of patients. My husband, also a doctor, has finished his clinic and he’s waiting for me to finish so we can go home together. Just when I’m pressed for time, I get the more complicated cases. Whew! Continue reading

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#HAWMC: The Continuing Saga of #HealthXPh

#HAWMC Day 23.

Write about whatever you like! Got a great story, opinion, or tip to share? Tell us here.

I was at the UPMAS CME last Wednesday where I talked about #HealthXPh. It was nostalgic, recalling how it all started December 2013. I told the audience right away – I’m a Twitter evangelist! #HealthXPH is a tweet chat I co-founded with Dr. Gia Sison, Dr. Narciso Tapia and Dr. Remo Aguilar. We’re on every Saturday 9 pm Manila time. Continue reading

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#HAWMC: Reflection

#HAWMC Day 21.

This is a day to reflect. For the WEGO Health family, we reflect on the inspiring and tireless work Health Activists do every day. Reflect on your journey today. What are your thoughts and hopes for the future?

Is the #HAWMC prescient? Now is a good time to recall my life goal and reflect on my earlier blog entry – the key to happiness. Continue reading

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#HAWMC: Life Goal

#HAWMC Day 16.

What’s one thing that your 10-year-old self thought you would do? Can you still do it? How would you approach it to make it happen?

At 10, I wanted to be a doctor. I’ve wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember! And I wanted to have it all – a career, loving husband, kids and the Nobel Prize … cue in a witch’s cackle. Continue reading

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#HealthXPH: Patient Peer Mentoring

I was browsing #HAWMC on Twitter and came across someone who said she is paying it forward by volunteering her time as a patient mentor for those newly-diagnosed with psoriasis. I googled the mentoring program of the National Psoriasis Foundation – it’s called Psoriasis One to One. There is a mentor page where one can find out more and choose a mentor based on their profiles. They are patients who have had psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. Continue reading

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Consent for Medical Photos on Facebook

I’m a doctor and so it’s not surprising that I have many doctors on my list of Facebook friends. Not often but not as rare as I would want it to be, I’ve seen various photos I’d rather not see on my Facebook feed: a dismembered hand reattached, a humongous ovarian tumor, an eye socket with a knife sticking out of it, a patient unconscious on an operating table, patients in the background at the emergency room, and hands in bloodied surgical gloves around a draped boy’s body at circumcision missions. Continue reading

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What makes a five-star physician?

Throughout medical school I was told to strive towards becoming a five-star physician: clinician, educator, manager, researcher and social mobilizer. And so this is what I measure myself against when I turn introspective now on New Year’s eve. What have I accomplished as a clinician, educator, manager, researcher and social mobilizer in 2014? How can I become a better five-star physician in 2015? Continue reading