By Analou De Vera
The Department of Health (DOH) Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) launched a telemedicine program to further improve health service delivery network in the region.
“Telemedicine is technology in service delivery network. We will utilize telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical care from distance,” said Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.
“The program will overcome geographic barriers in health care delivery and will significantly improve access to medical services that are not often consistently available in remote rural communities of the region,” he added.
The DOH-Calabarzon said that the telemedicine network setup includes a rural diagnostics center, a physician office, and a doctor on call who is equipped with mobile device like tablet, laptop, or smartphone.
“The advances in IT system and communication enables medical devices to connect which allows clinicians to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients remotely,” said Janairo.
“Patients can get access to healthcare faster, which is also an important factor in improved patient visit because it will be done easily in their respective areas without the need to travel thereby improving patient outcomes,” he added.