QUEZON CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA) -- Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena announces that the Agency supports the development of devices undergoing clinical trials for COVID 19 response.
Dela Pena said that they are awaiting the testing of the developed four ventilators for Intensive Care Units (ICU), one of which is being used by UP-PGH.
"Yung iba naming ginagawa, ay may kinalaman on devices. Ang ongoing project na hinihintay lang namin na matest muna ay ang mga ginagamit na ventilators para sa ICU na tatlo yung project na sinusuportahan naming at actually apat kung include yung dati nang project na ginagamit ng UP-PGH ngayon", Dela Pena said.
Meanwhile, DOST also supports telemedicine devices like RxBOX for telemetry and with Liza Robot in partnership with the University of Santo Tomas (UST).
The RxBox, a telehealth device, is a portable innovation funded by DOST's Philippine Council on Health Research Development (PCHRD) in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Manila-National Telehealth Center (UP-NTHC), University of the Philippines Diliman, College of Engineering, DOST-Advanced Science Technology Institute, and the Department of Health (DOH).
The RxBox device is "capable of capturing medical signals through built-in medical sensors, storing data in an electronic medical record (Community Health Information Tracking System -CHITS), and transmitting health information via the internet to a clinical specialist in the Philippine General Hospital for expert advice," the RxBox website said.
This means health workers in remote communities could consult with medical experts in urban areas through RxBox and provide better access to life-saving healthcare services to isolated and disadvantaged communities nationwide.
On the other hand, LIZA Robot or robot Logistic Indoor Service Assistant (LISA), is a telepresence robot equipped with a smart tablet mounted on a mobile base that can be controlled remotely from five to ten meters away and communication is done via internet-based platforms such as Skype, Viber or Facetime.
"The LIZA robot will assist in the delivery of items like bills and medicines in order to reduce the contact between patients and health workers", Dela Pena said. (MBP/PIA-IDPD)