Last June 4 to 7, 2017, MyDocNow, a telemedicine provider based in Makati, was able to power a medical mission to Aurora (Dinalungan, Casiguran and Dilasag) with the help of 75 healthcare providers. A total of 450 pregnant women were screened to identify high-risk patients on-site. Doctors were also able to screen one thousand children under 5 years old. They were also prescribed with multivitamins, vitamin A and deworming tablets. MyDocNow will be able to provide remote follow-ups through their telemedicine application available via Android and iOS.
“The mission was a remarkable success,” noted Hugh McClung, CEO of MyDocNow. ““Ninety percent of the women screened during this effort had never had an ultrasound. Patients we identified as high-risk will receive telehealth-enabled follow-up care, powered by our partner, Avizia.”
To give continuity of care, MyDocNow conducted obstetric follow-ups by utilizing their electronic medical records built into the system. Doctors, midwives and nurses who worked for MyDocNow and Rural Health Units are able to access them and add to their electronic charts. To do ultrasonography, MyDocNow facilitated a donation of three units of VScan, a portable ultrasound device from PRU Life of GE HealthCare. This was used for monitoring patients through their partner, Alalay sa Kaunlaran Foundation. They were also able to send medications through Unilab RiteMed and New Market Link.
In medical mission follow-ups, obstetricians under MyDocNow are paid by the hour, though they are also able to be paid per call in private consultations. This provides flexibility in terms of compensation. They are also able to refer to their own clinics or the nearest hospital for further assessment and eventual delivery.
MyDocNow and ASKI hope to continue their medical missions to target the rest of Aurora, Quirino, Isabela and Cagayan provinces. They hope to address the need for continuity of care in medical missions that were previously a one-time deal.
Sometimes breakthroughs start small. Telemedicine holds plenty of promise in delivering a breakthrough in healthcare to patients who were previously inaccessible.
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