For 30 days, KonsultaMD is offering the public free access to medical advice through its telemedicine hotline. This will complement existing government efforts in managing the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.
Free KonsultaMD Subscription
The free KonsultaMD subscription is open until April 13, 2020 to anyone without existing membership. They may call 78880 via Globe or TM mobile phone. Or dial (02) 77988000 via Globe landline, other landline in Metro Manila, and other mobile networks.
This is especially helpful during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak. It is just so hard to go out even for a check up without risking the patient and the driver.
What is KonsultaMD?
KonsultaMD is a 24/7 health hotline service manned by skilled and licensed Filipino doctors. They provide medical assessment and advice, including basic healthcare and permissible medication, over the phone.
With KonsultaMD, the public will be able to get immediate and affordable medical attention. And they can do that anytime, anywhere in the Philippines.
Why Teleconsultation is In
Teleconsultation is in demand due to the limited capacity of medical institutions compared to the fast-growing number of people needing immediate medical attention. The Department of Health is looking at telemedicine, particularly primary care teleconsultation, to alleviate surge and minimize risks from unnecessary visits to hospitals.
“There is an overwhelming demand for the healthcare industry. We understand the difficulties of the government and private medical institutions in providing the public with the assistance they need. ” This was stated by Maridol Ylanan, CEO of Global Telehealth, Inc., which operates KonsultaMD.
The company is aware that the Covid-19 outbreak is running the medical field thin. “We are here to help our country by providing everyone with free access to a doctor. That way, they can seek medical advice without leaving their homes,” she added.
How Teleconsultation Handles Calls
KonsultaMD is equipped with modules and internal protocols in handling different health issues. It even already covers COVID-19. They provides a telephone triage or a means of determining the urgency of the situation to allow hospitals to focus on critical cases.
It is like giving you the initial medical consultation you need. They will also give you advice if you need to physically see a doctor or go to the nearest hospital.
Note: KonsultaMD is an affiliate of 917Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom.