The government of Quezon City is launching its first "telemedicine" system focused on patients with COVID-19. The online program will allow quarantined patients to consult their doctors without meeting in person.
Mayor Joy Belmonte explains that by limiting contact, the system will reduce healthcare workers' exposure to the virus. It will also help doctors who have co-morbidities or are senior citizens to continue performing their professions despite being limited from doing full-time hospital duties.
"Through telemedicine, our doctors no longer need to physically visit their patients to do rounds. They can log on to the system and they can do online consultation with their patients," says the mayor.
The LGU states that the Department of Health has already donated 15 laptops and desktop computers for the program. These will be distributed to the HOPE community-caring facilities and selected health centers in the city.