The Department of Science and Technology Region VII together with the University of the Philippines- National Telehealth Center and Department of Health Region VII will be rolling-out the RxBox 1000 Program around the region. The RxBox is a telemedicine device equipped with six medical sensors namely: temperature sensor, the pulse oximeter, BP monitor, ECG, Maternal Tocometer and Fetal Doppler that will soon be deployed in the selected Rural Health Units in Central Visayas.
As part of its pre-deployment preparation, a Stakeholders’ Meeting was held last February 10, 2017 at the Elena O. Diola Memorial Hall of the DOST Regional Office. It was well attended by the Municipal Health Officers of the recipient LGU’s and Representatives from the Governor’s office and Provincial Health Offices of the three provinces across the region. House representatives were also present who signified their support in the implementation of the project in their respective districts.
The meeting was graced by speakers from the National Telehealth Center, the Chief Research Informatics Officer, Dr. Raymond Francis R. Sarmiento and the University Research Associate and rCHITS Project Manager, Mr. Art Ongkeko. It is at the helm of introducing and orienting the stakeholders to the RxBox project deployment phase which includes the trainings of its future end user as well as how the device can go along with the existing service delivery network and how it could enhance the referral system within the region. A demonstration on how the device is operated was also shown by Mr. John Mark Ferrer, the UP NTHC Regional Training Coordinator of Central Visayas.
Of the 1000 devices to be deployed across the country, 79 RxBox Devices are allocated for Central Visayas; 45 devices are to be given to Cebu, 30 for Bohol and 4 in Siquijor.