SOME RxBox devices will be doled out in the first quarter of 2017 following the implementation of the project Roll Out of 1,000 RxBox Telehealth Device in Selected Rural Health Units in the Philippines.
The RxBox program is designed to provide better access to life-saving health care service in isolated and disadvantaged communities nationwide.
It consists of a biomedical device and build capacities of frontline health workers on telemedicine, the use of electronic medical records and the RxBox telemedicine device.
The data acquired by the sensors are stored in the device and may be transmitted to a specialist as the need arises and upon patient’s consent.
The RxBox program is a partnership program of the University of the Philippines Manila-National Telehealth Center, UP Diliman-Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), Department of Health (DOH) and DOST - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development and the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).
Prior to the project implementation, pre-validation activities were conducted in selected rural health units to assess the capacity to sustain the RxBox upon its deployment.
The RxBox is aggressive on the country’s race toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on improving maternal and neonatal health services. Equally important, it supports the drive to control non-communicable diseases, the major causes of death and diseases in the country. (DOST-6/L. M. Lamasan)