The Hound of the Wolf

For the strength of Pack is in the Wolf, and the strength of Wolf is in the Pack -Rudyard Kipling

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Do not litter, trash the Vista junk

No to Pre-Installed Windows Vista's!

No to M$ backward incompatibility!

No to deprivation of digital user freedom!

No to Digital Rights Management (DRM)

Support Free Software Foundation's BadVista campaign

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Dental Treatment Plan Step 5

Simple lang ang CROWN LENGTHENING. Sa madaling salita, nagkaroon ng pagbabawas ng gilagid at pag-ukit ng mandible bone (if that's the proper term) sa gilid ng Root Canal Treated crown. I have been used to the excruciating (overstatement) pain that such procedures are causing. Wala pa ring tatalo sa 5-hour odontectomy pag dating sa pataasan ng degree of pain.

It's time to take my second Mefenamic Acid capsule. :P

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Community Informatics in Dakak

The Ateneo de Zamboanga School of Medicine through its dean, Dr. Fortunato Cristobal and The Society of Rural Physician of Canada conducted the 1st Joint Critical Care Conference at the Dakak Beach Resort, Zamboanga Del Norte. Our group, led by Dr. Marcelo was invited to present the Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS). Thanks to ADZU's Telehealth Department (c/o Dr. Bernie Macrohon) for extending the invitation. The conference was divided into three tracks:

1. skills laboratory
2. policy and advocacies

3. emerging techonologies (telemedicine).

Various lessons and insight have been personally realized from the conference as well:

1. Large portion of public health budget is alloted to small portion of population. Sa madaling salita, mas maraming resources na napupunta sa hospitals (which serve mostly critical cases) kaysa sa health centers (which serve the "healthy yet vulnerable" community). The nature of allocation is towards curative and preventive in nature.

2. Modern technologies such as satellite based Internet routers, mobile vital signs gadget (Doctor in A Bag) and mobile health clinics are very useful and life-saving during disasters yet somewhat costly.

3. ADZU's community medicine program targets the basic yet the most crucial core part of the total health system.

4. Dakak is fascinating and much better than what is being advertised at Eat Bulaga.

5. Population of typical rural town in Canada = 2,000 - 5,000 vs Rural town in Phils =20,000 to 40,000

6. Telehealth plays the "great equalizer" because it can address the gap of addressing health care needs in the community.

The activity's goal will be unrealizable unless there is a follow through. And starting June, we hope to set the first footprints of CHITS in Region 9 through the help of ADZU School of Medicine Doc Eloy, Dra. Bernie Macrohon and Dean Fortunato Cristobal