Following the eventual distribution of 1,000 RxBox units next year, IT Trainors were trained last Oct. 19 – 21, 2016 at the Computational Research Center at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman.
The trainees were from all 18 Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Regional Offices and the National Telehealth Center's (NHTC’s) regional coordinators. The training was conducted by the NHTC TxBox Team and the NTHC Technology Group together with the UP Diliman EEEI IRC.
The RxBox is part of the National Telehealth Program. The RxBox enables patients from rural and depressed communities to avail of medical consultations such as body temperature, blood pressure, and other diagnostic services.
The first 143 RxBoxes have been field tested and passed the trials needed. These will greatly amplify the government’s commitment to deliver quality medical services to those who are most needy and not in the immediate areas served by traditional Rural Health Units and Health Centers.
The RxBox is a result of cooperation from three disciplines namely, engineering, medicine and ICT and was developed and made by Filipinos.
During commitment ceremonies last June 2016, Dr. Montoya, Sec. Montejo, and Dr. Tayag, with University of Philippines (UP) Manila Vice Chancellor for Research and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Executive Director Eva Maria Cutiongco-Dela Paz, participated in the commitment signing of RxBox on “working together to provide better access to life saving healthcare services to every Juan.”
The training was funded by the DOST.