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Rural Health Unit-Panaon healthcare personnel maneuvering their RxBox device during the Super-User Training in Misamis Occidental

Forty-two municipalities in region 10 will soon benefit from the recently deployed RxBox telehealth devices in healthcare centers. These devices can reduce the overall cost of healthcare by enabling health workers to diagnose, monitor, and treat patients within rural health facilities.

RxBox is a multi-component program (biomedical device, electronic medical record system, and telemedicine training) designed to provide better access to life-saving health care services in isolated and disadvantaged communities nationwide.

Following its deployment, residents in the recipient municipalities can access the device's features, such as Blood Pressure Monitor, Pulse Oximeter, Electrocardiogram (ECG), Fetal Heart Monitor, Maternal Tocometer, and Temperature Sensor.

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Ms. Maelahleen Domaguing, Midwife of RHU Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte led their Clinical Acceptance Test Demonstration

DOST-10 conducted a series of deployment and Superuser training for Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, and Information Technology Staff in the identified healthcare centers to equip them with domain and technical know-how of the RxBox devices.

The activities started last year in Bukidnon on October 21, then continued this year on March 25 in Lanao del Norte, March 30 in Camiguin, April 19 in Misamis Occidental, and April 8 in Misamis Oriental.

Aside from the 42 Municipal Health Offices, three City Health Offices and five hospitals also received the devices and training from DOST.

"With this ground-breaking initiative, these devices will be helpful in improving the referral system in NMMC," said Dr. Arturo Surdilla, Medical Specialist IV in Northern Mindanao Medical Center. (Jessa Aromin, DOST-10)