Telemedicine in the Philippines
Telemedicine is defined as the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communication to improve a patient’s clinical health status.
In the Philippines, the most widely used form of telemedicine is the store-and-forward type. Others include the real-time and remote monitoring types. Telemedicine provides improved access to health care because it allows health facilities to expand their reach. It also brings about reduction of healthcare cost and increases efficiency in service delivery and improves quality of service.
However, telemedicine in the Philippines faces many challenges foremost of which are the lack of an all-encompassing policy, the lack of reimbursement scheme, the risk of liability, and the COVID-19 pandemic. On the technology front, telemedicine is in need of technological infrastructure, good network coverage, and diverse information systems. In terms of human resources issues, there is lack of skilled workers, resistance to change and perceived additional workload. It also faces challenges in terms of implementation cost and sustainability.
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