Management of Bacteriology Data Using WHONET Software

Rationale/Background

One of the most essential part of a laboratory is the laboratory information system (LIS), a computer system used to manage data collected and generated by a clinical laboratory, frequently integrated into a hospital/health care information system. In the information age, it is very critical to have a smooth flow of information within a healthcare system to improve laboratory operations and patient care. However, a commercial data management system for a laboratory can cost a fortune and it takes time and effort to develop an in-house system. That is why a team of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance led by Dr. Thomas O’Brien and Dr. John Stelling developed “WHONET”, a free software for laboratory-based surveillance of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

For more than 20 years, WHONET have been used on over 2000 laboratories and over 100 countries. The advantages of using WHONET are: 1) it is free, 2) user-friendly, 3) modular – easy configuration, 4) can be used for releasing of result, 5) can analyze historical data, 6) continuous development of the software.

The training endeavors to equip the trainees on the use of the data management software WHONET.

Participant’s profile

Laboratory technicians working in a bacteriology lab or others wanting to learn WHONET.

Admission Requirements

Basic computer knowledge

Must bring Laptop with MS Windows operating system during training

Course Length

8 hours

Course Fee

Php 2,000.00

Benchwork Training on Detection of Resistance Mechanism of Select Aerobic Bacteria and Data Management using WHONET PROGRAM

Rationale/Background

The purpose of this training course is to develop practical skills in the  following areas in the field of aerobic bacteriology:

  1. Selection of appropriate culture media used for the processing and inoculation of clinical specimens for aerobic bacterial culture; and use of laboratory instruments for the presumptive and definitive identification of bacterial pathogens;
  2. Develop skills on the appropriate methods and interpretation of results for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST)following CLSI guidelines to include detection of resistance mechanisms among aerobic bacteria
  3. Develop Quality Assurance system focusing on Internal QC

Management of results and data using WHONET software.

Participant’s profile

1. Registered medical technologist working in a bacteriology laboratory.

2. Medical practitioner

Admission Requirements

  1. Letter of request for training addressed to the Head of Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Reference Laboratory (ARSRL).
  2. Letter of request for training shall contain information on the educational and work background of the participant, specific training needs, and duration.
  3. Training needs assessment form.
  4. Training course on basic aerobic microbiology.

Course Length 

2 weeks

Course fee

Php. 15,000.00

Important notes*:

  1. Priority for training slots is given to applicants from DOH-retained hospitals with existing tertiary laboratories.
  2. Application for training from institutions participating in the current ARSP accreditation cycle shall be disapproved until the end of the current cycle.
  3. Only one trainee per institution per year shall be accommodated. Applicants from institutions who had been trained by the ARSRL/Microbiology in the past year shall be recommended for application for next year.
  4. This advanced course is intended for participants with experience and/or training in aerobic bacteriology.
  5. Applications received will be waitlisted until a slots are available for the training. The ARSRL training calendar is full for the whole year hence, training schedules can be expected to be provided 6-12 months after application. Status of application can be viewed via the RITM Learning and Development Information System (http://apps.ritm.gov.ph:8080/).

 

*Not applicable to ARSP sentinel sites