Medical innovation can make the much-needed health care for Filipinos more affordable and convenient. This is through Telemedicine or eHealth as the terms used by the Department of Health. Prior to the eHealth law, the major concerns are already addressed through the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Then Senator Edgardo Angara is the author and sponsor of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Bongbong Marcos also passed a bill to amend it but only the clause that pertains to libel.
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[VIDEO]: As part of the Data Culture Champions in Asia series, we share how health tech start-up, Ring MD, brings affordable health care to people by connecting patients and doctors around the world, 24/7.
Telemedicine or eHealth Protection
The section 4 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act stresses that these offenses over the internet are punishable by law: Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of computer data and systems. This includes illegal access. This pertains to the access of the whole or any part of a computer system without right. In a Telemedicine or eHealth system, the account of an individual is protected by a password that only the owner should know. So, medical and credit card data are safe.
No Lining Up at the Doctors’ Clinic for Check-up and Med Cert
Actual consultation and physical examination for minor illnesses are manageable through the eHealth system’s app like Ring MD. BPO employees can already spend their sick leave resting than spend the whole day to travel back and forth to the hospital and wait for hours at the clinic, just to secure the medical certificate required. The prescription is also available online.
Management of Chronic Diseases
Serious emergency cases and initial consultations for chronic diseases must be administered in hospitals. However, once the condition is stable, it can be managed at home as supervised by the chosen doctor accredited by Ring MD or other medical service providers enrolled in. Since this innovative health care is already here, it is best to select a physician that is available through the app. The selected doctor can then attend to individual’s needs through it at the comfort of one’s home.
Total Advantage of eHealth for Doctors and Patients
With eHealth, the doctors’ time availability is maximized. That means, more treatments are provided regardless of the location of both the physician and the patient. The system allows convenient and secure payment process using a credit card. Insurance coverage is also honored if the insurance provider is already a partner of the telemedicine provider. Soon, doctors who are not affiliated with this medical technology find themselves left behind by their peers. Channel inquiries through firstname.lastname@example.org