The “RxBox” is a portable innovation funded by the DOST’s Philippine Council on Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and developed by researchers at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, and the U.P. National Institute of Physics from the University of the Philippines in Diliman, and the National Telehealtg Center.
The connecting medics is a medical device which enables health workers in remote communities to consult with medical experts in urban areas, thus providing better access to life-saving healthcare services in isolated and disadvantaged communities nationwide.
It has built-in medical sensors for monitoring blood pressure and blood oxygen levels, assessing the strength of contraction of the mother’s uterus, as well as electrocardiogram and fetal heart monitor. 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. Through RxBox’s capability for video consultation, clinical experts can inspect patients and can even assist rural doctors how to manage or treat their patients. Furthermore, audio signals from a patient’s heart, lungs, and the abdomen could also be transmitted to help experts diagnose the status of the patient from the health unit. This allows clinical experts from the Philippine General Hospital’s “telecenters” help rural doctors in handling serious medical cases in their health units. The National Telehealth use wireless technology (Landline, internet, SMS, MMS, GPRS) to enhance access of rural patients.
We already have the Volunteer Site Data Form from the following site in ARMM:
- BASILAN: Lamitan City, Basilan
- LANAO DEL SUR: Bayang, Lanao del Sur
- MAGUINDANAO: Ampatuan and Shariff Aguak
- SULU: Jolo
- TAWI-TAWI: Bongao, Panglima Sugala, Tandubas, Languyan and South Ubian.