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Telemedicine system to bolster health service delivery in Quezon – Gov. Suarez

Quezon Gov. David ‘Jayjay’ Suarez (2nd from left, in white) hands a plaque of appreciation to Dept. of Health Calabarzon regional director Eduardo Janairo (2nd from right), as guest of honor and speaker during the launching of Telemedicine system and distribution of health coupons while House Minority floor leader Danilo Suarez (right) and vice governor Samuel Nantes (left) pose for a souvenir photo at the Quezon Convention Center. Insert photo are the 3 units of Telemedicine equipment to be installed at the Quezon Medical Center, Bondoc Peninsula District Hospital and San Francisco District Hospital to strengthen the health delivery service in the province’ 4 districts.(JOHN BELLO)


by John A. Bello

LUCENA CITY – A brand new kind of health service delivery system is now available in Quezon province with the launching of telemedicine system which uses modern method of virtual service of medical professionals to patients in far-flung areas of the province.

“Sa pamamagitan ng telemed, kaagad-agad kung anuman ang kailangan ng pasyente, sa anumang bayan, anumang ospital, sa pamamagitan ng mga espesyalista sa Quezon Medical Center, mabibigyan natin kaagad sila ng mabilis na lunas sa kanilang karamdaman. Ito po ay first in the Philippines, ang telemed sa lalawigan ng Quezon ditto po sa mangyayari,” Quezon Gov. David ‘Jayjay’ Suarez said during the launching and demonstration of the telemedicine system at the Quezon Convention Center here on Monday.

Initially, 3 telemedicine units - bought from the United States at P1.3M each - will be installed in Quezon Medical Center here, Bondoc Peninsula District Hospital in Unisan and San Francisco District Hospital in San Francisco. These medical equipment provides real-time experience and result through chat and video consultation with doctors such as vital signs, blood pressure, ECG, ultrasound, auscultation, among others.

Grace Santiago, provincial health officer II did the actual demonstration of the modern medical apparatus during the launching attended by Gov. Suarez, vice governor Samuel Nantes, House Minority Floor Leader and Quezon 3rd Dist. Rep. Danilo Suarez, provincial legislative board members, provincial government department heads and barangay chairmen from the province’ 4 districts.

“Malaking tulong ito sa atin. Remember, we are the longest province. We have a big population. Kung hindi kaya n gating mga LGUs na magprovide ng ambulance or nagkasabay-sabay, telemedicine ang sagot,” Santiago said.

Calabarzon regional health director Eduardo Janairo, guest speaker at the event, supported and recognized the provincial government’s initiative in finding ways of continuously improving and strengthening the health delivery system of the province.

Aside from speedy response for the medical needs of patients, Gov. Suarez sees the need for a wider partnership of medical specialists not only in the country but also in other countries through the use of the telemedicine system.

“Ang nakikita naming long term plan for us is we can have multiple networks established from our Quezon Medical Center to the Dept. of Health, through their doctors and Telemed department and hopefully, if we can establish partnerships with hospitals outside the country, we can also connect with them for specialized cases,” Suarez said.

The governor also distributed health coupons to each of the barangay chairman of the province’ 4th district worth P25,000 which entitled the recipients to a range of free medical assistance and medicines.