Advancing Community Healthcare in the Philippines

Kristine Mae Magtubo, Nathaniel Cruz
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17:30 - 19:00
St Hilda's College
Cowley Place
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The Lady Brodie Room

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Lectures and seminars
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Disabled access?
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Not required

In the Philippines, six out of every 10 people die without ever being seen by a doctor in their lifetime. Geographic isolation, prohibitive healthcare costs, and lack of tools and skilled providers prevent poor and marginalised communities from accessing quality healthcare. To address this, the University of the Philippines developed the RxBox - a first-of-its-kind telemedicine device that collects and sends data to remote clinical specialists, helping primary care facilities provide better quality care even in remote, resource-constrained areas. To date, the RxBox has been deployed to 186 health facilities in the Philippines and has helped over 3 million Filipinos. This talk will discuss the Philippine experience in using remote sensing technology and informatics to advance community healthcare. Further, it will describe the program’s collaboration with the University of Oxford (supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering) to improve point-of-care data acquisition through real-time signal quality enhancement. Finally, it will discuss the current progress of system integration and validation through deployment to health facilities in the Philippines, and the possibility of big data analytics for patient referral in these facilities.