Metro Pacific Hospitals Holdings, Inc. (MPHHI), the healthcare unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC) which is among the nation’s largest conglomerates, is planning to deploy a common digital platform for its member hospitals, some of which already offer telemedicine solutions developed in-house. The common platform will enable large scale telemedicine deployment. The group expects the platform to be ready towards the last quarter of 2020.
The scope of services will cover e-pharmacy, virtual consultations, mobile laboratories, and remote patient monitoring. The aim is to limit the number of people visiting the hospitals, and minimize physical interaction among patients and medical professionals. The platform will also provide operational advantages, allowing hospitals to optimize their resources and bed capacities. Additionally, the initiative is expected to foster collaborations between the medical teams of small and big hospitals and enable medical services to reach patients in far-flung areas and underserved communities.
The group strictly follows safety protocols during face-to-face consultations. These include limiting the number of patients per doctor to only five daily, observing physical distancing, wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE), and changing gowns after every other patient.
MPHHI operates a network of 16 hospitals nationwide including Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, De Los Santos Medical Center, and among others is the Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (OLLH) which is designated to be the group’s main COVID referral facility.
(Source: Business Mirror, Business World, Manila Bulletin)