?taken Alvin Marcelo

The Official Line

Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo is a general and trauma surgeon by training who is currently executive director of the Asia eHealth Information Network (www.aehin.org). Prior to this, he served as senior vice-president and chief information officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth). As the director of the University of the Philippines Manila National Telehealth Center and chief of the Medical Informatics Unit, Dr. Marcelo established the Master of Science in Health Informatics program and conducted local and international research in the field of eHealth and health information systems development. He took his postdoctoral fellowship in medical informatics at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland with research interests in telepathology, mobile computing, and bibliometric analysis of MEDLINE content. Dr Marcelo also manages the International Open Source Network for ASEAN+3, a centre of excellence in free and/or open source software established by UNDP, and advises the Community Health Information Tracking System (or CHITS) , a Stockholm Challenge finalist in the health category in 2006. He is the Philippine representative to the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics (APAMI) and the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). Dr Marcelo is certified in the governance of enterprise IT (CGEIT - www.isaca.org), The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF - www.opengroup.org), and Archimate, and COBIT5 Implementation.

"Standards are important for interoperability. But which standard will you use from so many available? That's when you need enterprise architecture. The EA helps you select which standards are best for your business cases. But no one follows EAs unless there is a clear mandate to use it. So we must have IT Governance. This is the story of why AeHIN advocates for IT Governance as a strategy towards national eHealth systems development. IT Governance creates the policy environment for stakeholders to follow the EA. By doing so, applications that are EA_compliant become interoperable."

JLN Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo Interview from Joint Learning Network on Vimeo.

Promoting free/open source software since 1994.

Resume is here. Curriculum vitae is here.

50-word bio: Alvin is a general and trauma surgeon who is currently chair of the Asia eHealth Information Network. Previously, he was senior vice-president and chief information officer of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. He is certified in the governance of enterprise IT (CGEIT), The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), and Archimate.


CHITS - Community Health Information Tracking System. By far, the most successful project I've worked in. This is the brainchild of Dr. Herman Tolentino who is now at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.

ISIS - Integrated Surgical Information System. A system developed and maintained by Dr. Marie Carmela Lapitan at the Philippine General Hospital Department of Surgery. The longest and largest live clinical database in the Philippines.

PNHII - the Philippine National Health Information Infrastructure -- a local effort to set standards for health information in the Philippines.


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