Zamboanga region to get ‘RxBox’ devices
ZAMBOANGA CITY – The Department of Science and Technology said it will deploy dozens of socalled “Telehealth” devices or “RxBox” to selected health centers in Zamboanga Peninsula.
It said the project is one of the initiatives of DOST under the “Smarter Philippines” program, and its contribution to achieve the Millennium Development Goals on improving maternal and neonatal health services.
DOST said it will deploy at least 58 units of RxBox in close coordination with UP Manila and National Telehealth Center.
In February, DOST regional coordinators convened for the first time at Green Leaf Hotel in General Santos City and tackled the nationwide roll-out of 1,000 units of RxBox in the country.
DOST said since 2014, a total of 143 units of RxBox had been deployed in the country.
The RxBox is a multicomponent device comprising of blood pressure monitor, pulse oxymeter, electrocardiogram, fetal heart rate monitor, maternal tocometer, and temperature sensor – and designed to provide better access to life-saving health care service in isolated and disadvantaged areas.
According to the National Telehealth Center, the RxBox is a telemedicine device capable of capturing medical signals through built-in medical sensors, storing data in an electronic medical record and transmitting health information via internet to a clinical specialist in the Philippine General Hospital for expert advice.
It also catalyzes improvement in the local referral system by facilitating teleconsultations (audio- video conferences) within the National Telehealth Service Program. The RxBox can reduce the overall cost of healthcare by enabling health workers to diagnose, monitor and treat patients within the rural health facility, thanks to medical sensors inside the box.