For every patient suffering from the pandemic coronavirus, they are longing to keep in touch with their families. It’s hard to imagine how the patients are going through with their sickness alone and not seeing their loved ones.
But here’s a resolution and innovation from University of the Philippines (UP) implementing their new software wherein patients will get to see their loved ones on screen. It’s an on-going trial in order to fully share it to the other hospitals which may also help others to reconnect with their faimlies in the midst of this pandemic crisis.
UP-Philippine General Hospital developed a “tele-bisita” or “e-dalaw” (electronic visitation) program for COVID-19 patients recovering.
They highlighted that patients with COVID-19 are not just figures or estimates. They deserve the love and support that will encourage them to get better the moment they have their daily connections with their family.
The UP College of Medicine Surgical Advances and Laboratory of Biotechnology developed telepresence computers for use in PGH.
The telepresence project was partnered by teams from UP Diliman and Manila. Computer sets and stands donated by Xavier School alumni Batch ’75.
For PGH four laptops are used. Every patient sessions run for 30 minutes,
However, they clarified that electronic dalaw is only allowed for patients with mild to moderate symptoms, and not for patients living in the Intensive Care Unit. Actually 101 patients admitted to PGH are COVID-19. 16 Cases are considered to be mild, and 48 are graded as severe.
There are 23 have recovered so far, and the results of which have improved from PGH patients.
Global count of the country’s COVID-19 infections is at 5,223. Death toll is at 335, and 295 have recovered so far.
This development from the technology of this country is setting up new heights for improvement amidst the crisis.