Teleconsultation System for Rural Health Units (RHUs) for Metro Vigan, Philippines
Eileen Rose Cabildo Quilon1, Amando Pimentel Singun2
1Eileen Rose Cabildo Quilon, University of Northern Philippines.
2Dr. Amando Pimentel Singun Jr., Higher College of Technology, Muscat.
Manuscript received on 02 June 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 27 June 2019 | Manuscript Published on 04 July 2019 | PP: 108-110 | Volume-8 Issue-1S4 June 2019 | Retrieval Number: A10210681S419/2019©BEIESP
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Abstract: The inequality in healthcare access remains more serious by the shortage of health workers and providers resulting to slower and less efficient delivery of healthcare services in the country. In the Province of Ilocos Sur, one of the main problems is the prolonged waiting time during medical consultation apart from the unavailability of Municipal Health Officer (MHO) in some of the municipalities in the upland. However, there are Rural Health Midwives who are assigned in every Rural Health Units (RHUs) and Barangay Health Stations are being established in which Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) are dynamically working in order to respond to the immediate primary healthcare needs of the community. To address such aforementioned concerns, Teleconsultation System for Rural Health Units (RHUs) for Metro Vigan, Philippines has been developed. It is an android application that serves as a tool for checking symptoms that are related to the patient’s health concerns. The system stores information about the various symptoms associated to particular illnesses. However, the developed system can never be an absolute substitute for medical practitioners’ knowledge and expertise. This is only perceived as a helpful tool to support consulting services.
Keywords: Healthcare, Symptoms, Teleconsultation, Mobile Application, Primary Care, Rural Health Units.
Scope of the Article: Healthcare Informatics