On its mission to maximize established benefits of information and communications technology in health care, Department of Science and Technology -Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) introduced one of its latest innovations in health care services named RxBox to the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) community last June 3, 2016.
RxBox is a program designed to provide better access to life-saving health care services in isolated communities in the country. It is one among DOST’s efforts for a “Smarter Philippines”. According to PCHRD, this latest innovation played a very vital role in the development of the National Telehealth Service Program (NTSP), currently one of the Department of Health’s (DOH) efforts towards Universal Health care.
The RxBox is an attaché case-like device with a wide screen monitor that has blood pressure monitor, pulse oximeter, Electrocardiogram (ECG), fetal heart monitor, maternal tocometer and temperature sensor. It is also has built-in camera that allows virtual examination, when necessary. It also improves the documentation of patient information using its Community Health Information and Tracking System (CHITS)-electronic medical record. It transmits data through wireless fidelity (Wifi) or television (TV) frequency.
Data garnered using this device is sent to the National Telehealth Center located in the University of the Philippines Manila-National Institutes of Health and is kept in its database for further usage and referrals.
The innovation is primarily made for pregnant women as it supports the country’s race towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on improving maternal and neonatal health services in the country, most especially in areas which are graphically isolated. It also supports the campaign to control non communicable diseases which are said to be the major causes of death and diseases in the Philippines. It also reduces unnecessary travels and hospitalizations of patients. PCHRD first trains health care providers and information technicians before the issuance of the device.
During PCHRD’s visit, they were also able to present scholarship programs for students, faculty and University researcher. The group also benchmarked the Science and Technology hub of the College of Engineering and Technology for feasible partnership.
WMSU has been an active partner of the DOST-PCHRD in the various research projects in the region to include the Balik Scientist program which allows Filipino Scientists abroad to conduct symposiums and seminars in the various universities in the Philippines through partnership with concerned agencies.