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Submitted: 06 May 2011 Modified: 24 November 2016
HERDIN Record #: PCHRD05061110052359

Initial field test of a remote, real-time GSM-based biomedical diagnostic device in selected healthcare settings in the Philippines.

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The RxBox, a telemedical device developed by the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Institute of the University of the Philippines, was endorsed to the University of the Philippines Manila National Telehealth Center for initial testing. the RxBox is a device capable of measuring various medical signs- blood pressure, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, and cardiac rhythm- and sending this data electronically through the use of the Internet. It will be then interpreted by a specialist and can provide  real-time consultation if necessary.


After several tests and revisions, the RxBox improved in its usability. However, its inability to give consistent and accurate BP and ECG readings limited the objectives  of the field deployment to determining the telecommunication capabilities of the RxBox, and the perceived ease of use and usefulness of health care workers since it cannot be used with real patients and cases.


An initial deployment of  a RxBox was done in UP SHS Baler. however, various technical problems along with bad weather conditions and frequent power outages impeded the tests. It was decided that for the succeeding deployments, a team composed of trainers from NTHC and a developer  from EEE will accompany the device during a one-week deployment.


After four deployments, the RxBox proved to be capable as a store-and-forward and real-time telemedicine device although had notable malfunctions during the course of deployment. The RxBox was generally found useful by the health care workers who participated in the training. It is backed-up by most of the participants ease of use while operating the RxBox  for the first time.


The health care workers provided suggestions and improvements for the device. Common suggestions were to include an internal power supply, reduce the size and weight of the RxBox, and add more applicable modules like a stethoscope, thermometer, and tocodynamometer. In general, the participants acknowledged the potential of the RxBox as a device that will aid them in taking care of patients.

Publication Type
Research Report
Date
November 30, 2008-April 30, 2011
LocationLocation CodeAvailable FormatAvailability
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development Library LG 993.5 M37 2011 / PRP 330 Fulltext Print Format (Request Document)