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PhilHealth Improves Business Processes as it Gears for 21st Century Computing January 27, 2012

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) recently launched its enterprise architecture initiative, with PhilHealth President and CEO Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon convening the Executive Committee (Execom) as the IT Steering Committee, the highest governing body for information technology matters within the Corporation.

Enterprise architecture (EA) is best practice among large corporations that rely heavily on information technology (IT) for its operations. Companies that employ EA are better suited to build technology systems that are more responsive to core business requirements while still having the flexibility to adjust with rapidly changing IT environments. Without an EA, there is no measuring stick against which expensive IT investments can be assessed. An EA puts rigor and discipline into a dynamic domain such as IT and enforces a clear governance structure to definitively guide the enterprise as it deals with fluctuations in its business, social, and technology mileu.

According to Banzon, "PhilHealth will leverage information technology to ensure Kalusugan Pangkalahatan is reached at the soonest possible time at a cost the Corporation can afford. At this point in our country's history, it is unthinkable not to employ our extensive cellular network to the advantage of our members. We will design systems that enable our partners to deal with us more effectively and efficiently - all towards making healthcare work for our people."

The EA effort of PhilHealth will commence with a documentation of the baseline architecture followed by the target architecture. A sequencing plan, based on current business priorities, will then be plotted to guide the Corporation from the old systems to the new. (END)

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