Care beyond our reach: RxBox is today’s innovative solution to break the geographical barriers that hinder our people to avail quality healthcare services they rightfully deserve.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Manila – National Telehealth Center (UP-NTHC), University of the Philippines Diliman – College of Engineering, DOST - Advanced Science and Technology Institute, and the Department of Health (DOH) offer a telemedicine device that aims to bring significant advancement to the country’s community healthcare setting through its project entitled “Roll-out of 1000 RxBox Telehealth Device in Selected Rural Health Centers in the Philippines.”

The RxBox project aims to provide Rural Health Units (RHU) in identified Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs) a medical device that can be used for diagnostic procedures as well as an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) which can be utilized for the storage and referral of clients’ medical records. The RxBox Telehealth device is composed of six (6) medical sensors which include a Cardiotocograph (CTG), Fetal Heart Rate Monitor, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Blood Pressure Monitor, Pulse Oxymeter, and a Temperature sensor. The presence of these technologies in the community will hopefully reduce child mortality (MDG 4), improve maternal health (MDG 5), and detect non-communicable diseases which consequently lead to better health for all Filipinos.

The Community Health Information Tracking System (CHITS), which comes with the RxBox, is the oldest electronic medical record (EMR) in the Philippines. It is a full clinic management system which features individualized case management through DOH programs as well as data entry, recording, and storage. Moreover, CHITS uses standard medical terminology from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) by the World Health Organization (WHO) to adhere to international standards for health informatics. CHITS facilitates efficient generation of electronic healthcare information which enhances the overall quality of care that people receives.

Sixty-five (65) RxBox Telehealth devices are allotted to be distributed in the selected RHU sites across Northern Mindanao (Region 10). The sites will be appropriately evaluated through the project’s Pre-deployment Assessment procedure during which the Regional Management Team validates the qualifications of the proposed health facilities. Once approved, four (4) staff from the RHUs will be invited for a Super User Training and the facility will receive one (1) RxBox Telehealth device, one (1) CPU, one (1) monitor, and one (1) router for the deployment.

The researchers, developers, and project implementers saw the great need to answer the health-related cry of Filipinos, especially those who belong to geographically isolated and challenged communities. With the medical advancements brought by the RxBox Telehealth device, we can now give quality health services to areas that lie beyond where the paved roads take us. This revolutionary medical technology which gives us a “real life experience in a box”, as UP-NTHC calls it, undoubtedly allows us to extend our hands, widen our care, and save more lives. # (Laarni G. Navales, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)