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Remote Care Program for Covid-19 patients now available at TMC Clark

- By Anne Ruth Dela Cruz

If you happen to live around the Angeles City or Mabalacat in Pampanga and have been diagnosed with Covid-19 but have been found to be asymptomat­ic, or do not have any visible symptoms, you will probably be told to isolate yourself at home and be closely monitored by a medical team.

Such a service is now available at The Medical City (TMC) Clark. TMC Clark’s Covid-19 Remote Care program is a home-based recovery system for Covid-19 suspected and positive patients.

Through this program, TMC Clark aims to provide continuous care, convenienc­e and safety and an innovative and compassion­ate approach to patients during this pandemic. The program is also aimed at decongesti­ng hospitals so that patients with more serious manifestat­ions of Covid-19 will be prioritize­d for admission.

“This program will allow the not so serious Covid-19 cases to get top of the line medical assistance in the comfort of their home,” said Dr. Almario G. Jabson, President and CEO of TMC Clark. “Through this program, we can also devote more of the hospital beds to Covid-19 patients who really need them.”

Enhanced communicat­ion

PATIENTS who avail of this program will benefit from enhanced patient-physician communicat­ion. That is because patients receive better are when they can quickly relay their needs.

“Time is of essence in this pandemic and through remote care, doctors can have updates about their patients any time, anywhere,” Dr. Jabson explained.

With remote monitoring, staff and patient exposure to the virus can be decreased. This translates into less usage of Ppes which in turn means less cost on the patient’s medical bill. Additional­ly, this program also allows TMC Clark staff and doctors to provide patients with urgent care with less contact.

“When patients know about their status and their recovery progress, it creates peace of mind which further aids recovery,” Dr. Jabson said. “With remote care tracking and monitoring, they are constantly informed about their health condition.”

Doctor rounds

THROUGH this remote care system, patients are still part of their doctors’ rounds and checkins without being kept in hospital wards.

To avail of this remote care service, the patient will be assessed to see whether he needs to be hospitaliz­ed. If not, the doctor will recommend what kind of remote care and treatment approach the patient needs.

Once the patient agrees to be part of the remote care program, he will be enrolled in the recommende­d program and will be given instructio­ns on how to use teleconsul­tation and who his assigned healthcare personnel will be for the duration of his recovery.

Laboratory works included

The Covid-19 Remote Care Program also covers laboratory and diagnostic procedures that a patient may need to undergo during his isolation period. As soon as the patient is enrolled in this program, TMC Clark will keep an eye on the patient throughout the program. Daily updates from teleconsul­tations will keep doctors and patient on track until recovery.

Should the patient require admission, the program will help facilitate his transfer to the hospital. however, the program is only available in certain areas because of restrictio­ns imposed by certain local government units. It is best to call the program coordinato­r at TMC Clark to check if the program is available in your area.

The Remote Care Program is a program that TMC Clark developed together with its newest partner, home healthlink Innovation­s, Inc., a remote care solutions provider.

“We are working closely with home healthlink to see where and how TMC Clark can continue to give the best care possible to our patients,” Dr. Jabson said.

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