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Alvin B. Marcelo

Medical Sciences, One of the The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) 2005

Expertise: Medical Sciences, Medical Informatics, General Surgery (Trauma)

Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo is recognized a general and trauma surgeon by training who is presently the coordinator of the Master of Science in Health Informatics at the University of the Philippines Manila and was formerly director of the National Telehealth Center. Right after residency training, 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. He is presently the manager of the International Open Source Network for ASEAN+3, a centre of excellence in free and/or open source software established by UNDP, and he manages 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 a primary researcher in the PAN Asia Networking and Collaboration for Evidence-based eHealth Applications (PANACeA).

Affiliation

Director, Postgraduate Institute of Medicine University of the Philippines,College of Medicine, Manila

Chief, Medical Informatics Unit, UP College of Medicine, Pedro Gil St., Ermita, Manila

Associate Professor of Surgery (Trauma), UP-Manila, Mmanila

Director, National Telehealth Center, University of the Philippines, Manila

Association

    • National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP), Member
    • University of the Philippines Manila/National Telehealth Center, Director
    • Southeast Asia, International Open Source Netwotk, Director
    • Philippine Medical Informatics Society, Inc., Founder and Past President
    • Philippine College of Surgeons, Fellow
    • Philippine College of Surgeons, Chair, Sub-committee on Surgical Informatics
    • Philippine Medical Association Information Technology Committee, Executive Secretary
    • HL7 (Health Level 7 Standards on Electronic Data Interchange for Health, Member
    • E-Health Seminar Series, Philippine Council for Research and Health Development, Core Group Member
    • National Institutes of Health Manila Study Group on Standards for Health Information, Project Leader
    • NIH- Study Group on Y2K Preparedness for Hospitals, Project Leader

Employment

    • National Telehealth Center, Director
    • Southeast Asia International Open Source Network, Director
    • UP Manila, Associate Professor of Surgery (Trauma)

Award

    • The Outstanding Young Men 2005 for Medicine /Medical Informatics, Philippine Jaycees, 2005
    • One of the The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) 2005, Philippine Jaycees, Awarded by Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Malacanan Palace, 2005 D 2
    • Finalist, Stockholm Challenge 2006 for the Community Health Information Tracking System, , 2006
    • Outstanding Medical Intern in Psychiatry, Philippine General Hospital, 1991
    • Outstanding Medical Intern in Internal Medicine, Philippine General Hospital, 1991
    • Outstanding Medical Intern in Family Medicine, Philippine General Hospital, 1991
    • UP College of Medicine Class of 1941 Leadership Award, UPCM
    • Palmar Scanning: Redefining a Burn Chart for Filipinos, Dept. of Surgery, UP College of Medicine(UPCM), 1997 My

Research

    • The Portable Philippine National Drug Formulary [Ongoing]
    • An Adverse Event Reporting System for Clinical Protocols at the UP College of Medicine (UP College of Medicine) [Ongoing]
    • Portable Wireless Medical Record [Ongoing]
    • Organizing and Managing the Philippine National Health Information Infrastructure [Ongoing]
    • Establishing a Health Information System for the Philippine Dermatological Society [Ongoing]
    • Establishing a National Registry for Surgical Training Programs [Ongoing]
    • Evaluation of the Decentralized Field Health Service Information System in Selected Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control Program Sites [Completed]
    • Community Health Information Tracking System: A Modular Approach to Local Health Information Systems Development [Completed]
    • Value of ultrasound in determining level of distal rectal pouch in infants with anorectal malformation without perineal fistula [Completed]
    • Doc2Doc: a telemedical collaboration system. (as advisor) 1998 [Completed]
    • Mekong Basin Disease Surveillance Project.

Papers Presented

    • The Philippine National Health Information Infrastructure, Health Informatics Blueprint Coordinating Council, Crown Plaza Hotel
    • Community Health Information Tracking System Relevance through ICT, Pre-investiture Scientific Forum, UP-PGH Social Hall, Manila
    • State of the Art in Biomedical Informatics:The Network for Integrative Multidisciplinary Bioinformatics Utilization Strategies (NIMBUS) , 2nd National Bioinformatics Conference and Convention, the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium, University of Santo Tomas (UST), Espana, Manila
    • Medical Records Management, Philippine College of Occupational Medicine United American Pharmaceuticals
    • The Effectiveness of Online Methods of Diagnosis for Difficult Tuberculosis Cases, Med-e-tel, Luxembourg
    • Information and Communications Technology Needs Assesssment of Rural Health Physicians in the Philippines, IEEE HealthCom 2008 Conference, Biopolis Way, Singapore
    • Evaluation of SMS-based Telemedicine Service in the Philippines, IEEE HealthCom 2008 Conference, Biopolis Way, Singapore
    • Telemedicine via Short Messaging System (SMS) in rural Philippines, AMIA Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium
    • Critically Appraised Topics (CAT) peer-to-peer network, AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings / AMIA Symposium.
    • Design and Implementation of an Introductory Course on Information and Communications Technology for Rural Health Workers, IEEE HealthCom 2008 Conference, Biopolis Way, Singapore
    • Community Health Information Tracking System, Open Source Health Care Alliance Conference, Federal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • The BuddyWorks Telehealth Project, Open Source Health Care Alliance Conference, Federal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Telehealth Initiatives in the Philippines: Country Report, Asia Pacific Telecommunity Regional Workshop on Telemedicine, Okiawa Convention Center, Okinawa, Japan
    • Design and Implementation of an Open Source Prototype Telephony and Web-based Critical Event Reporting System for Continuous Quality Improvement Program in Anesthesiology, Medinfo 2004, San Francisco, USA
    • An SMS based Child Health Injury Surveillance System, Vienna. 7th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion - Safety 2004 Vienna, Austria, Europe Austrian Convention Center
    • A Practical Method of Ensuring Privacy of Health Information on the Internet, Partnerships for Health in the New Millenium, Partnerships for Health,Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC
    • Comparison of Open Source Medical Information Systems, Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics 2000 Conference, Hong Kong Convention Center, Hong Kong, SAR China
    • Web-based Medical Data Delivery for Handheld Devices, National Institute of Health Research Festival 2000, Bethesda, Maryland
    • A Pathology Report Metadata Registry: Framework for Semantic Interoperability Across Disparate Systems, Advancing Pathology Informatics, Imaging, and the Internet, Pittsburgh, Marriott City Center, PA
    • Web-based Health Applications on Handheld Devices, Advancing Pathology Informatics, Imaging, and the Internet, Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, PA,
    • Open Source Technology in Health Care: Obstacles to Implementation, Strategies for Success, Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association 2000, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
    • Comparison of Open Source Electronic Medical Records Systems, Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association 2000, Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
    • CAPPLET: A Web-based Drug Identifier, Slice of Life 1999, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
    • Effect of Image Compression on Telepathology: a randomized controlled trial, Advancing Pathology Informatics, Imaging, and the Internet, Pittsburgh Marriott City Center, PA
    • Medical Informatics in Developing Countries., Slice of Life 1998, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
    • Abdominal Actinomycosis: A Case Report., 4th Annual UP-PGH Boie Takeda Case Report Contest, Department of Surgery, UPCM-PGH ,Estrada Hall, PGH.
    • Actinomycosis of the Colon. Case Presentation, Bimonthly Scientific Meeting, Philippine Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Shangri-La EDSA Plaza
    • Ultrasound for Imperforate Anus Patients without Perineal Fistula, Symposium on Imperforate Anus. Philippine Society of Pediatric Surgeons, Panay Room, Westin Philippine Plaza, Manila
    • Cecal Volvulus, Philippine Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons Scientific Meeting, Ciudad Fernandina
    • Occupational Hazards in the Philippine Mining Industry, Itogon Mines, Benguet, Department of Family and Community Medicine, UP College of Medicine, Manila

Education

    • University of the Philippines, Manila, MD, 1991
    • University of the Philippines, Manila, BS Basic Medical Sciences, 1998

Publication

    • Marcelo, A.B., (2005) Health Information Interoperability
    • Health Intell a publication of Zuelling Foundation, (Special Edition)
    • Marcelo, A.B., Castro, J., Wolf, F., Karras, B., Tolentino, H., Maramba, I., (2003) Critically Appraised Topics (CAT) peer-to-peer network
    • AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings
    • Marcelo, A.B., (2000) Effect of image compression on telepathology. A randomized clinical trial
    • Archive on Pathology Laboratory Medicine Volume 124, No. 11
    • Marcelo, A.B., (2005) Linking primary care information systems and public health information networks: Lessons from the Philippines
    • Marcelo, A., Gavino, A., Isip-Tan, I., Apostol-Nicodemus, L., Mesa-Gaerlan, F., Firaza, P., Faustorilla, Jr. J., Callaghan, F., Fontelo, P., (2013) A comparison of the accuracy of clinical decisions based on full-text articles and on journal abstracts alone: a study among residents in a tertiary care hospital.
    • Evid Based Med. doi:10.1136/eb-2012-100537 Volume 18
    • Marcelo, A., Fatmi, Z., Firaza, P.N., Shaikh, S., Dandan, A.J., Irfan, M., Bari, V., Scott, R.E., (2011) An online method for diagnosis of difficult TB cases for developing countries
    • Stud Health Technology Inform /PMID: 21335706 Volume 164
    • Marcelo, A., Adejumo, A., Luna, D., (2011) Health Informatics for Development: a Three-pronged Strategy of Partnerships, Standards, and Mobile Health. Contribution of the IMIA Working Group on Health Informatics for Development
    • Year Book of Medical Information / PMID: 21938332 Volume 6, No. 1
    • Marcelo, A.B., (2009) Telehealth in the Philippines
    • Telehealth in Developing Countries., Richard Wootton, Nivritti G. Patil, Richard E. Scott, and Kendall Ho.eds. Royal Society of Medicine Press/IDRC 2009 ISBN 978-1-85315-784-4 e-ISBN 978-1-55250-396-6
    • Marcelo, A. B.; Kuhn, K. A. (Editor); Warren, J.R., (Editor); Leong, Tze-Yun (Editor). Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2007., (2007) Health Informatics in the Philippines [online]
    • Medinfo 2007: Proceedings of the 12th World Congress on Health (Medical) Informatics; Building Sustainable Health Systems, Amsterdam Volume 129
    • Marcelo, A., Gumapos, M., (2007 Je) Telehealth Initiatives in the Philippines
    • Journal of e Health Technology and Application Volume 5, No. 2
    • Marcelo, A., (2005) Health Information Interoperability
    • Health Intel,a publication of Zuelling Foundation, Special Edition 2005.
    • Marcelo, A., (1998) Internet Relay Chat Conferences: A New Method of Delivering Continuing Medical Education for Filipinos
    • Acta Medica Philippina
    • Marcelo, A., (1999) Standards for Health Information in the Philippines
    • National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila
    • Marcelo, A.B., (2000) Developing Healthcare Applications using Common Open Source Medical Objects (COSMOS)
    • Proceedings of the AMIA Symposium
    • Corona, W., Marcelo, A.B., Wadleigh, R., et al., (2004) Analysis of Sciellin (SCEL) as a candidate gene in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma
    • Anticancer research. 2004; Volume 24
    • Lukban, F.S., Marcelo, A. B. , de Vera, R.L., (1996 Ap-Je) Perforated duodenal ulcer in a Filipino AIDS patient: a case report
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery Specialties Volume 51, No. 2
    • Marcelo, A.B., Danguilan, J., (1996) A Retrospective Study on Lung Carcinoma in the Philippines.
    • Department of Surgery. UP College of Medicine- Philippine General Hospital. 1996

Trainings

    • Pre-investiture Scientific Forum, 2005 Jl 20, UP-PGH Social Hall, Manila
    • 2nd National Bioinformatics Conference and Convention, 2005 O 21, Thomas Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium, University of Santo Tomas (UST), Espana, Manila-
    • POST-DOCTORAL TRAINING: Visiting Scientist and Fellow in Medical Informatics, 1999-2001, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
    • RESIDENCY TRAINING : General Surgery Program., 1992 Ja - 1996 D, Department of Surgery, University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital Medical Center
    • POST-GRADUATE EDUCATION : University of the Philippines College of Medicine, INTARMED Program, 1984-1991, UPCM, Manila
    • COLLEGE EDUCATION : BS Basic Medical Sciences, 198, 1984-1988, University of the Philippines College of Medicine
    • Philippine Dermatological Society's Health Information System (PDS-HIS), 2006 Mr 22, Discovery Suites
    • Philippine General Hospital E-Data Seminar (facilitator), 2005 S 22, PGH Training Room, PGH, Manila
    • First Scientific Symposium on Medical Informatics: Initiatives in UP Manila (convenor), 1996 O 9, College of Medicine Annex 2
    • Seminar on Telepathology by Dr. Paul Fontelo (AFIP Department of Telepathology), 1996 N 13, UP College of Medicine, Manila
    • Lecture on Electronic Health Records by Dr. Michael Yang, 1996 D 2, Philippine General Hospital Out-Patient Dept., PGH
    • Second Scientific Symposium on Medical Informatics: Application of the Computer in Health Care. Spon, 1997 Jl 23, UP College of Public Health
    • Workshop on Telemedicine by AIC Conferences, 1996 O 17, Shangri-La Singapore
    • Seminar on Teaching Online, 1996 N 26-28, UPLB and the University of the Philippines open University, College, Laguna
    • Towards an Electronic Health Record Asia '97, 1997 O 1-2, Hyatt Oriental Hotel Scotts Road Singapore, Octobe
    • One-day seminar on the IBM RS6000 (Deep Blue), 1997 D 29, Intercontinental Hotel, Makati City
    • Towards a Relevant Medical Education. Joint Seminar-Workshop of the CHED-PMA-APMC, 1998 Mr13, PMA Building
    • Workshop on Medical Informatics (Facilitator), 1998 Mr 13, UP College of Medicine, Manila
    • Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights, 1998 My 5, University of the Philippines Faculty Center, UP Diliman, Quezon City
    • 9th Slice of Life Conference: Computer Applications for Medical Education, 1998 Je 25, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA
    • E-Health Seminar Series, Philippine Council for Research and Health Development, 1998 Jl 15, UP Manila Social Hall, Manila
    • Building a Personal Computer, 1998 O 10, PC Builders Inc., Camelot Hotel, Quezon City