917Ventures and AC Health team up for new healthcare app
With the current pandemic, it is not easy for Filipinos to take care of their health. There have been delays in seeking medical help due to fear of contracting the virus when they visit a medical clinic or pharmacy.
Healthcare providers, on the other hand, also face a challenge, as they have to manage a huge volume of patients while ensuring that everyone receives the right help at the right time.
Globe’s largest 100% -owned business incubator in the Philippines, 917Ventures, is working with ACHealth to provide solutions to these issues. The collaboration has resulted in HealthNow, an all-in-one health app that will help Filipinos get the health care they need anytime, anywhere.
With HealthNow, users will be able to see a doctor via video, purchase deliverable medications, and make clinic and lab appointments. The mobile app will be powered by the assets of 917Ventures and ACHealth, which include KonsultaMD, FamilyDOC, Healthway and Generika. The mobile app will be available for download on Google Play and the App Store in August.
âWhen COVID-19 hit the country, there was a massive shift in consumer behavior from passive participation to active participation in health, creating increased demand for convenience and transparency,â said Issa Cabreira, Managing Partner of 917Ventures. âSince our mission is to solve the most prevalent problems in the Philippines, we have found it necessary to prioritize the delivery of health care to our fellow Filipinos in need of medical care, especially at this difficult time. “
HealthNow was originally offered as a website offering free video teleconsultation by volunteer physicians. Over 11,000 patient requests have been received and over 100 volunteer physicians have been pooled from April to June of this year. The pilot has since proven the need for patients and physicians to be digitally connected for better healthcare.
Contactless delivery of health services by telemedicine is advocated by the Department of Health (DOH) as a way to relieve hospitals of non-critical cases and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially among vulnerable members of the community. company.
To learn more about HealthNow, visit https://healthnow.ph/
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