Globe myBusiness holds business consultation caravan

Small medium enterprise (SME) owners need Telehealth now more than ever - and Globe can Provide.

On Sept. 16, 2020, Globe myBusiness brought together expert speakers to talk about telemedicine and how businesses can stay afloat throughout the new normal. With the steady rise of COVID-19 cases causing a worldwide pandemic, medical and pharmaceutical services have never been more important.

However, going to clinics and seeing doctors in person may pose too much risk of contracting the disease. This has caused concern among many Filipinos, who still need to see a doctor in the midst of the pandemic. The pandemic has been a driving force to many digital innovations in the world, including telehealth. Globe myBusiness recognizes the need of its SME customers to provide health benefits to their businesses’ employees.

In partnership with KonsultaMD, the country’s pioneer in telehealth, Globe myBusiness launched an online event that will enable entrepreneurs to explore benefit options for their employees’ health.

The webinar entitled Telehealth in the PH: Protecting Your Business and Your Employees aimed to aid entrepreneurs in taking care of the health conditions of their employees.

The webinar featured a powerhouse of resource speakers from the DOH, KonsultaMD, and Globe Telecom, and was moderated by Apple Mendoza.

The first speaker was Dra. Beverly Ho, Director IV at the Philippine Department of Health, who discussed the basics of telemedicine and how the need for it has been accelerated by the COVID pandemic. She defined the concept as “delivering healthcare at a distance [...] through telecommunication or digital means.”

The need for telemedicine comes from the DOH’s goal of UHC or Universal Health Care - a combination of better health outcomes, responsive health system, and financial risk protection. Telemedicine, then, contributes to the goal by improving access to services, maximizing available resources, and coordinating end-to-end service delivery across facilities.

After the definition, she gave a brief history of the concept, and discussed the remaining challenges we face today with regard to telehealth. All in all, she painted a clear picture of where the Philippines is in terms of telehealth services, what milestones our country has already passed, and how things could still improve.

Following Dra. Ho was Alfie Paulino, Sales Manager of Globe Telehealth Inc., who discussed KonsultaMD and how it can help Filipinos. A subsidiary of the Ayala Group under 0917 Ventures, KonsultaMD is the pioneer and largest private telemedicine company in the country.

Firmly believing that under the “new normal” telehealth is the most relevant benefit an entrepreneur can provide to his or her employees, KonsultaMD is confident that the benefit is both affordable for business owners and effective for employees.

KonsultaMD would like to create a new normal for businesses by providing them with 24/7 access to local doctors anytime, anywhere, making it easier and more convenient for employees to stay healthy and engaged in their health care. On the side of the business owners, this means increased productivity, and accurate health services for the employees they value.

It’s fair to note that they also have the lowest subscription rates in the market at only P1/day, so offering the service certainly won’t break the bank. The value proposition behind all this is, firstly, avoiding hospitals in the time of the pandemic and subsequently avoiding the risk of getting infected.

Additionally, not every symptom requires a visit to the doctor, so phoning in a consultation saves time, money and effort on the part of the patient, without skimping on accuracy and effectiveness. Finally, it allows people living in places where doctors cannot physically be present to still be able to consult with a physician, be it over the phone or online.

Rounding up the panel of speakers was Nicola Ebrada, Industry Manager at Globe myBusiness. She enumerated the digital tools offered by Globe myBusiness to entrepreneurs, focusing on those that would improve resilience and augment business continuity. With solutions like the e-commerce platform Rush E-Store, the Facebook Ad Creator, the Rush Loyalty rewards system, the AMBER Automated SMS Blaster, the Virtual Private Cloud, Backup-as-a-Service, contactless payment through GCash, collaboration tools like Office 365 and GSuite, and various Cybersecurity or HR solutions, you can surely leverage technology to overcome any limitations placed on your business by the pandemic.

Overall, the event was educational and highly useful for the audience of entrepreneurs. As a business owner, you only have your employees’ and customers’ best interests at heart. Make the most out of the technology available by harnessing digital tools and solutions with the help of Globe myBusiness. And of course, keep your people safe by taking care of what they value the most in this new normal: their health.