Philippine health panel sees telehealth project as top priority

Thursday, February 17 2011

The Congressional Commission on Science, Technology and Engineering is looking to implement a national telehealth project in the Philippines, according to NewsBytes.

A recent symposium held by the commission, which included several World Health Organization representatives as well as the Department of Health secretary Enrique Ona, created an open forum on the role of technology like video conferencing within the medical field.

Telehealth is seen as a perfect marriage between health and technology, enabling health specialists to remotely diagnose patients in rural and remote communities. According to the source, the project will use smartphone as well as video conferencing technology, allowing doctors to visually perform tests that can potentially save lives.

The system, according to the source, would incorporate a central e-recording system, making it easier for practitioners to pull out medical information about the patient that they are diagnosing remotely. According to the report, the country currently has 10 sites in four provinces where patients can visit.