Dr. Abelardo Aguilar, the Filipino Doctor who saved millions of lives

As 2016 is drawing to a close, we at HealthTech PH looks at what made the differences in the Philippine Healthcare Industry and System.

HealthTech PH will continue to provide ideas, stories and news as part of its advocacy for a robust and healthy Filipino nation.

6. BOGE publishes new guide for on specifying compressed air for healthcare

May 4 2016: Delivering pure air to hospitals and other medical facilities is a complex and challenging task. Not only does it have to meet a plethora of demanding regulations that cover medical devices and medicines, it must also be energy efficient, cost effective and, above all, totally reliable. These challenges facing suppliers must be met because hospitals rely on a highly reliable source of pure breathing air to preserve the health and safety of their patients. Hospitals use two very distinct compressed air systems that are governed by different standards
and regulations around the world, namely medical air for patients and equipment, and technical
air that is used for maintenance around the facility.

7. The Filipino Doctor That Helped Save Millions

On a Philippine island, Streptomycesery threes, a fungus, found in the soil was sent to a laboratory in the United States. The year was 1949. A young doctor working as a researcher for a drug multinational sent it. His name was Dr. Abelardo Aguilar, an Ilonggo. It was the breakthrough that was needed. It was 1952. It led to the development of Erythromycin. Eli Lilly and Company owned the new antibiotic. It changed the world.

8. RxBox: Training for Trainors
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.

9. UST Research Team Wins US$20,000.00 grant

A UST Research Team was granted US$20,000 by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) International. The UST Team came up with the iComPASS prototype mobile app that will enable doctors to monitor the symptoms of cancer patients and give medical advice.

10. The First Hospital in Negros to Use a Blood Transfusion Warmer

Southern Negros Doctor Hospital, a private hospital once operated by the Medical Associates Diagnostic Center Inc. ( MADCI), and headed by General Surgeon Enigardo B. Legislador Jr., was the first health institution in the whole island to use a blood warmer for patients undergoing blood transfusion. 

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