After years of not being given much attention, telehealth is now gaining ground in the Philippines as people become wary of visiting hospitals and clinics due to risks of contracting Covid-19.
The telemedicine guidelines comes after the DOH and the National Privacy Commission released an earlier joint memorandum circular allowing the use of telemedicine as a way to respond to the Covid-19 health crisis.
Despite the limitations brought about the Covid-19 pandemic, technology has provided a solution for physicians to still practice their profession – via teleconsultation.
Once the “teleconsultation” is over, patients will receive an SMS from their doctor which will contain details on how they can pay for the consultation fee via their PayMaya account.
Today, as we are in community quarantine and as we practice social distancing, telemedicine may be the answer to the need of patients seeking consult but unable to travel or unwilling to take the risk of additional exposure to the novel coronavirus.