MANILA – A barangay in Pasig offers free online medical consultations to help its residents meet their medical needs and avoid contracting other illnesses during an on-site visit to hospitals.
The “Barangay San Antonio Online Doctor Consultation” project was recently launched to provide a free consultation to barangay residents from the comfort of their own homes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Barangay San Antonio is the first of 30 barangays to offer free online health consultations to its residents.
BSA President Raymond Lising said his constituents can take advantage of the free medical service by simply clicking: http://bit.ly/BSAONLINECONSULTATION or they can also scan the QR code on the barangay’s Facebook page.
Lising said this program will decongest hospitals and health centers and also limit face-to-face interactions between patients and doctors as an anti-Covid-19 measure.
“After accessing the link, our residents will need to complete the online form and provide their basic information to make an appointment with our doctors,” he said. “They will be asked for their preferred date and time of consultation.”
He said the telemedicine service is available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“The BSA Health Center will contact them via the details they provided – either via Facebook or Viber before their schedule. The doctor will call them using our health center cell phone, ”Lising said.
The doctor’s orders will be sent by the barangay also via Messenger or Viber.
The president of the barangay said that the safety of their constituents is their primary concern which motivated the launch of this project.
“Due to the wave of Covid-19 in Metro Manila and the threat posed by the Delta variant, it is dangerous for our kabarangays to leave their homes as they could catch the dreaded disease,” he said. declared.
Lising said the program will protect doctors and their patients from possible exposure to Covid-19.
Internal doctors at the BSA barangay health center will offer free medical consultations to residents.
“To our kabarangays, know that we at the barangay are doing everything to make help very accessible to you in these difficult times. Right now the best thing you can do is stay home to save lives, ”he said.
In April 2020, the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Privacy Commission (NPC) developed a framework for telemedicine services with the aim of improving access to health services during the health crisis.
Under the DOH-NPC Joint Circular, medical consultations by telephone, chat, short message service (SMS) and other audio and visual conferencing platforms are considered telemedicine services in the country.
Healthcare providers who perform these consultations are authorized to issue electronic case reports and prescriptions. The DOH’s collaboration with the NPC aims to allay concerns about privacy and data privacy.
All DOH recognized telemedicine providers are registered entities of the NPC. As such, physicians providing telemedicine services are licensed and certified to provide telemedicine consultations. (RP)