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Press Release/11 September 2018

Notwithstanding the challenges and trials, the Department of Health continuous its mandate of developing health innovations and assuring quality health care for all.

Today, in its effort to further improve and advance service delivery network in the country, DOH-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) launched the telemedicine program that will provide a broad range of clinical services in various specialty areas, as well as continuing medical education and preventive healthcare to remote health facilities in the region.

“Telemedicine is technology in service delivery network. We will utilize telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical care from a distance,” Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated during the launching program held at the Sofitel Hotel in Pasay City on September 11, 2018.

“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 emphasized.

The first telemedicine program was initiated by Director Janairo in MIMAROPA and was instituted at the Dr. Damian Reyes Memorial Hospital in Boac, Marinduque. It is currently linked with the National Children's Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center and Batangas Medical Center.

The new telemedicine network setup includes a rural diagnostics center, physicians office and a doctor on call 24/7 who is equipped with mobile device like tablet, laptop or smartphone.

Among the telemedicine components that will be installed in CALABARZON includes medical and diagnostic equipment such as the 12-lead digital ECG, digital spirometer, spot monitor, trans vaginal ultrasound probe, digital otoscope, USB telephonic stethoscope, abdominal USB ultrasound probe, multipurpose camera and scope, a clinical assist and a portable teleclinic in a mobile case.

Pre-consultation, in-consultation and post-consultation will be done remotely with the use of the telemedicine program.

According to Janairo, health care must also evolve to meet the needs of today’s healthcare consumers. “The advances in IT system and communication enables medical devices to connect which allows clinicians to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely. 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.”

The telemedicine program was organized in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, AMD Global Telemedicine, Inc., KonsultaMD Global Telehealth, Inc. and Globe Telecom, Inc.,

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DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo narrates the telemedicine experience in MIMAROPA which was first established at the Dr. Damian Reyes Memorial Hospital in Marinduque during his presentation at the launching of the Telemedicine in Service Delivery Network Program held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on September 11, 2018.

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DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo shows the portable teleclinic in a mobile case that will be used to diagnose a patient using the telemedicine system during launching of the Telemedicine in Service Delivery Network Program held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila on September 11, 2018.

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DOH-CALABARZON program managers and guests of the Telemedicine In Service Delivery Network Program Launching at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza on September 11, 2018.