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The President Just Signed Modern Family Planning EO – Is the eHealth or Telemedicine Bill Next?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The President signs an executive order to intensify access to modern family planning. This is despite the TRO on some provisions of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act or RPRH Law. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia confirms this. Meanwhile, government health officials also hope that the programs under the eHealth system or telemedicine can already progress at the soonest possible time. They are just waiting for the eHealth bill to become a law. It helps make health data available “in the clouds.” With that, health details can be accessible anywhere nationwide.  This gives easier access to government and private health services to benefit more people without too much cost using technology.






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[VIDEO]: Telemedicine is simply medicine provided at a distance. There are so many names for the way technology is used in medicine. Telehealth, mHealth, ehealth, telehomecare, among others. This video explains the basics of real-time telemedicine.



Executive Order No. 12 for Modern Family Planning

Executive Order No. 12’a title is “Attaining and Sustaining Zero Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning Services through the Strict Implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, Providing Funds Therefore and for Other Purposes.” This Order aims to intensify and accelerate the implementation of critical actions necessary. It has a goal to sustain ‘zero unmet need for modern family planning’ by 2018 for the poor. All Filipinos must benefit from this provision as per the RH Law and its implementing rules after prioritizing those who cannot afford it. Nevertheless, the working class who are always on the go also have immediate medical needs. The Department of Health is currently pursuing that.




The Government’s eHealth Program

The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) laid out its programs and plans that would help achieve the government’s goal of more accessible health information, services and universal health care for all Filipinos. The project is a collaboration of DOH, DOST and other stakeholders like the academe and the private sector. One initiative is the Philippine Health Information Exchange (PHIE), a centralized system of health-related registries and linkage systems. PHIE stores basic medical records of patients admitted to government health centers to aid the decision-making of health professionals. PHIE is also useful in claiming benefits by patients enrolled in the insurance coverage of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or PhilHealth.






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Push for eHealth

DOH officials said that a bill is already filed in Congress about two years ago. No news on its progress yet. Therefore, Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo drafts an administrative order to promote the use of eHealth in public health institutions. He is confident that they are now equipped to set its standards and the Data Privacy Act protects their process. So, it’s the right time to push the eHealth Bill into a law,” Marcelo said. Meanwhile, Dr. Crispinita Valdez, director of DOH-Information Management Service, presents the draft of an executive order that can finally push for the implementation of eHealth for both the public and private sectors.




Telemedicine or eHealth Safety Measures by Bongbong Marcos

In international terms, Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care where the doctor is to the patient at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services in real time that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. Since internet use is crucial to telemedicine or eHealth, the Cybercrime Prevention Act and the National Health Insurance Act that Bongbong Marcos co-authored are vital for the safety of its users together with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 or DPA, principally authored by former Senator Edgardo J. Angara. Apart from the government sector’s eHealth programs, an international telemedicine provider, RingMD is already in the country to introduce its medical services platform to possible health partners in the near future. This can very well serve busy people in the cities or elsewhere anytime it is needed without lining up in doctors’ clinics. If Uber patrons enjoy the convenience it brings to their transport needs, RingMD is definitely the answer to their medical requirements. Doctors who are not yet in RingMD’s network can email george@ring.md



http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/84936-highlights-bongbong-marcos-legislator

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/861437/duterte-signs-eo-backing-modern-family-planning

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Know the Drug Rehabilitation Efforts of the Duterte Administration

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The Drug Rehabilitation efforts of the Duterte Administration comes after the country’s overwhelming surrenders of drug users and pushers. Att least, it’s in place. The inter-agency task force is spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). It includes the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), and Philippine National Police (PNP).







[VIDEO]: Watch how the drug rehabilitation efforts under the Duterte administration unfolds after an inter-agency task force was initiated by the DILG.



Profiling of Drug Users

Drug users will first be profiled by the DOH to determine who among them are experimental, occasional or heavy compulsive users and drug dependents. This will help authorities in determining the suitable treatment for each one. It may be a center-based or community-based rehabilitation program.



Community Participation

Concerned barangays and parishes will focus on community-based rehabilitation with participation from community volunteers and relatives of the drug users. This is the kind of approach that Senator Grace Poe is campaigning to help solve the society's problems with illegal drugs. The aggressive Oplan Tokhang strategy might be louder but these rehabilitation efforts could go a long way. Especially when supported by the private sectors and the communities.



Anti-Drug Abuse Council's Drug Rehabilitation Program

A Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council will also be revived to run the community-based drug rehabilitation program starting this week. The council has its own budget to also hold information and education programs on curbing illegal drugs.




After Care Program

There's also an "after-care" program where patients can slowly be integrated back into society. Drug users can avail of DSWD's cash-for-work program or TESDA's livelihood training program for former drug dependents. Philhealth coverage is also being looked into.

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/07/26/drug-rehab-program.html

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Is there Affordable healthcare act in the Philippines?: Sick and Broke, where will you go?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Is there such thing as affordable healthcare act in the Philippines? People from the first world counties will be surprised getting a bill for basic medical services in private hospitals here when they thought ist’s free. Well, here’s what you can get for free in the country in lieu of high tax rates.









[VIDEO]: If you ever complain about your healthcare, watch these images of the Filipinos’ patience in tolerating below the standard medical services and facilities.



Services in Public Hospitals

Trainee doctors can really get the skills they need to advance their career when assigned in public hospitals. Here they can learn dealing with different problems all at once. Operating, reviving and fixing major cases without proper equipment can make them very resourceful. Know why by just having a short glimpse, if you happen to scroll pass the video above.




Lining up Whole Day for Public Medical Services

When going to avaik of public services and hospitals, it’s a common sight to see a long line of patrons. It helps to arrive early to be tended to first. It’s on a first come, first serve basis. Emergency cases of course are in an assigned venue but the same concept follows. If a private care is not within budget, then this is quite a sacrifice to go through. Not unless you are a Makati resident and a yellow card holder.



Often Crowded Facilities

The sacrifice will not end upon getting your turn. It’s just the start of another ordeal. Since most public hospitals are forced to accept more than their capacity, do not expect a comfortable space assignment. Most Filipinos who cannot afford better medical services will just have to squeeze in.



Healthcare Promises are not Popular during Elections

It is not certain whether most Filipinos do not understand their basic needs or just not aware what they are entitled to for the taxes they pay. It’s been observed that they are more irked when it comes to corruption allegations than the accomplishments of a candidate in the areas of public services. It’s really true that they deserve the government that they voted for. The only confusing thing is, many people whine about deteriorating public  infrastructures and services but they are not seem to be the basis for choosing a leader. It’s the popularity and the trend during the campaign period that are observed to have the greatest impact on the winners. Affordable healthcare act in the Philippines for locals? Non existent. Just avail them at your own risk – that if you don’t live legally in Makati.

 

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Spend Quality Time with your Rottweiler – it’s therapeutic

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It is very emotional to know that animals like Rottweilers can feel our pain. Not only that. They even do all they can to help. Sometimes, they are more intelligent than humans when it comes to understanding the needs of the sick.

Rottweiler

Positivity

Rottweilers are noted to give positive vibes to people with dementia, depressed or anyone with mental conditions. Patients open up to them than any other people in their lives. This is pretty heart warming when you see these dogs’ genuine concern to human beings who need their company.

Rottweilers

Therapeutic

Animals generally are therapeutic – but the Rottweiler’s nature complements the task towards healing. These compassionate dogs are loyal and loving. Since love can heal, they are the best companions a human being could possibly have.

It is not right that they are left in shelters for a long period of time. They must be in people’s home to do their purpose in life. The world’s rapid change does not allow its inhabitants to strive longer than their predecessors. So, ultimately, animals like the Rottweilers can serve as reminders for us how to live well.

Actually, not just reminding but doing the actual healthy activities together in a daily basis. Open up your homes, arms, hearts and adopt a Rottweiler right now. See the massive improvement in your health – if you make it a point to be the responsible dog owner that you are!

Resources:

http://mondaymondaynetwork.com/music-relax-rottweilers-heres-beat-destructive-behavior/

http://mondaymondaynetwork.com/house-training-invaluable-rottweiler-puppy-welcome-upon-arriving-home/

Rottweiler’s Crazy Nap: You Would Hate to Break That!

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Treatments for High Cholesterol without Prescription


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
High cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia occurs when the level of cholesterol in the blood is higher than usual. This can make a person prone to heart disease and stroke if worse comes to worst. Diet and exercise or lifestyle change sometimes do not work ad niacin is the usual maintenance drug although if the case is severe, might as well get a doctor’s prescription.

When used properly, niacin works very well to lower total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”). Niacin can also increase HDL-cholesterol (“good cholesterol”). Also called vitamin B3, niacin products are available in both regular and slow-release forms. Slow-release niacin may cause less reddening and flushing of the skin and upset stomach. Click here to see the direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-high-cholesterol/qxc295177

According to drugstore.com: Unfortunately, slow-release niacin has been found to cause liver damage more often than regular niacin. For this reason, only people who experience uncomfortable side effects while taking regular niacin should use slow-release niacin. Niacin should be used to lower cholesterol only under the direction of a doctor. A recent review of scientific research showed that taking 10 grams of psyllium powder (such as Metamucil® or Perdiem®) every day, in addition to a low fat diet, can lower total and LDL-cholesterol an additional 4-7% respectively.




Reference: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-high-cholesterol/qxc295177

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