Albay Rep. Joey Salceda filed House Bill No. 7422 or the Philippine E-Health and Telemedicine Development Act of 2020, which would promote the delivery of health and medical services through the use of information and communication technology (ICT).
When passed, the bill would enable the telemedicine and electronic health (eHealth) industry to expand in the country and provide more services to underserved communities. Salceda said that remote medicine services are essential, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’ve set aside medical services for other diseases because COVID-19 has overtaken all other health priorities. But many of these diseases we are neglecting are deadlier and more debilitating than the virus. So, we need alternatives to our traditional modes of healthcare delivery,” Salceda said.