STATE health insurer PhilHealth and the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) have recently signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on a synchronized and well-coordinated ICT system to promote and ensure integration, interoperability and interconnection of their systems and applications.

The said agreement is expected to further boost health insurance services to the 111 million Filipinos in the country and abroad.

Under the partnership, the DICT will assess and evaluate PhilHealth's current applications and systems, and provide recommendations and strategy for the improvement of its ICT system.

It will also identify, develop, and enhance the state health insurer's existing systems and applications to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of government services.

"We couldn't be happier with this agreement with DICT. Maraming proseso at serbisyo ang PhilHealth na kailangan ng computerization at digitalization upang lalong maging mabilis at kasiya-siya sa lahat ng Filipino. Isa ito sa mga plano na inilahad namin kay President Bongbong Marcos Jr. Hindi namin bibiguin ang pangulo at ang lahat ng kababayan natin (PhilHealth has many processes and services that need computerization and digitalization to be faster and more enjoyable for all Filipinos. This is one of the plans we presented to President Bongbong Marcos Jr. We will not disappoint the president and all our countrymen)," said Emmanuel Ledesma Jr., PhilHealth chief, during the simple rites in Pasay City.

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He also thanked the DICT team led by Secretary Ivan John Uy and Undersecretary David Almirol Jr. for their support of the PhilHealth digital transformation plan.

For his part, Secretary Uy declared the agreement "a milestone in terms of e-governance" as this will address the long-standing challenge of digitalizing public health care.

Uy also said that such a partnership fortified a common aspiration of providing better service to the Filipino people by allowing them to access their PhilHealth benefits easily and seamlessly.