Sorsogon Prov'l Hospital receives telemedicine device
The Sorsogon Provincial Hospital (SPH), led by its chief of hospital Dr. Roberto Chacon Jr., received the RxBox Telehealth Device from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in a turnover event recently.
RxBox, a telemedicine device, has built-in medical sensors including blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, electrocardiogram (ECG), fetal heart monitor, and maternal tocometer, among others. These sensors are made to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, and detect early signs of non-communicable diseases among residents, especially among mothers and their children, in remote areas.
It is part of DOST’s efforts for a “Smarter Philippines” and an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) innovation designed to support the DOH’s call for Kalusugang Pangkalahatan or Universal Health Care.
The RxBox will be used for the patients in the Out Patient Department (OPD) of SPH.
The Provincial Government of Sorsogon is also currently in talks with a telecommunications company that offers a similar device with the goal of reaching far-flung areas of the province for purposes of conducting telemedicine consultations. This will be integrated with the province wide electronic health record (RHUs and district hospitals) and electronic medical record of SPH.
It is part of the plan to achieve the IT infrastructure needed for the implementation of the Universal Health Care thus providing integrated Health Service Delivery for the province.