The current pandemic hasn’t made it easy for us to take care of our health. Some delay seeking medical help because of fear of contracting the virus when they visit a doctor’s clinic or a pharmacy.
Meanwhile, healthcare providers are also facing a challenge. They have to handle a tremendous volume of patients while making sure that everyone receives the appropriate help at the right time.
Thankfully, there’s technology to the rescue.
917Ventures, a corporate incubator wholly owned by Globe, and ACHealth (Ayala Corp.’s healthcare unit) have come up with HealthNow, an all-in-one health app that will help Filipinos get the healthcare they need anytime, anywhere.
HealthNow lets users consult with a doctor through video, buy medicine for delivery, and book clinic and lab appointments.
The mobile app will be powered by the assets of 917Ventures and ACHealth, which include KonsultaMD, FamilyDOC, Healthway, and Generika. HealthNow will be available for download in Google Play and App Store in August.
HealthNow was initially offered as a website that provided free video teleconsultation from volunteer doctors. Over 11,000 patient requests were received and more than 100 volunteer doctors were pooled from April to June this year. The pilot has since proved the need for patients and doctors to be digitally connected for better healthcare.
The contactless delivery of health services through telemedicine is advocated by the Department of Health as a way to relieve hospitals of non-critical cases and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially among vulnerable members of society.
Visit the HealthNow website to know more.