Pampanga tests telemedicine

PAMPANGA. The Provincial Health Office (PHO) facilitated the pilot testing of telemedicine, a new medical facility that brings health and medical services of the provincial government closer to Kapampangans. (Contributed Photo)

FOR quick response and diagnosis, the Provincial Government of Pampanga recently pilot-tested telemedicine, a state-of-the-art medical facility which enables patients to consult medical specialists via two-way video-conferencing.

Dr. Mar Jaochico, Provincial Health Office head, facilitated the pilot-testing of telemedicine at the Ricardo P. Rodriguez District Hospital Annex in Bacolor town.

Jaochico explained in an interview that the new facility will be of big help to the public, especially to those who live in remote rural areas.

"Sa pamamagitan nito, 'yung mga pasyente natin na mahihirap na nasa malalayong lugar ay mabibigyan ng libre at mas pinagandang serbisyo ng ating mga ospital na mina-manage ng Kapitolyo ng Pampanga," he said.

(Through this, indigent patients who live in remote areas will be able to avail of hospital services free of charge.)

He said telemedicine will also allow the primary health providers to send their patients' medical data to specialists at another location for quick diagnosis.

"'Yung purpose niya talaga is to improve the quality of health care, and to have a good management for every patient," he said.

Jaochico acknowledged the efforts made by Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda in reaching out to the poorest of the poor and bringing health and medical services closer to the people.

He said that while the installation is ongoing, the governor is now looking for a high-speed internet provider to prevent any untoward circumstances during video consultations.


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