DOST to deploy Rx Box in selected areas of W. Visayas this year

February 25, 2015 6:01 am 

ILOILO CITY, Feb 24 — A technology that will allow connection between remote places to health expert in urban areas will be made available in selected local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas this year.

Engr. Rowen Gelonga, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Western Visayas, said that the Rx Box is now a “mature technology” following its trial phase in a municipality in Capiz province.

The new version looks like an i-pad with sensors to monitor blood pressure and oxygen level.

It also has a special module for pregnant women that can assess the contraction of the uterus, electrocardiogram and fetal heart monitor.

The data will be stored and transmitted to medical specialists for their diagnosis, he said.

Gelonga said that they are now looking at the possibility of tapping the services of specialists in various medical centers in the region. During the pilot phase, the connection was direct to the University of the Philippines Manila.

The Rx Box was developed by the University of the Philippines Manila-National Telehealth Center and the DOST. (PNA)

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