917 Ventures, Globe’s corporate incubator in the country, is collaborating with AC Health to provide solutions in health care brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership has resulted in HealthNow, an all-in-one health app that will help Filipinos get the healthcare they need anytime, anywhere.
HealthNow users will be able to consult a doctor through video, buy medicine for delivery, and book clinic and lab appointments. The mobile app will powered by the assets of 917Ventures and AC Health which includes KonsultaMD, FamilyDOC, Healthway, and Generika. The app will be available to download from Google Play and Apple App Store starting August.
“When COVID-19 struck the country, there has been a massive shift in consumer behavior from passive to active participation in health, creating more demand for convenience and transparency,” said Issa Cabreira, managing partner, 917Ventures. “Since it is our mission to solve the most prevalent problems plaguing the Philippines, we found it necessary to prioritize the delivery of healthcare to our fellow Filipinos who are in need of medical attention especially in this trying time.”
The contactless delivery of health services through telemedicine is advocated by the Department of Health (DOH) as a way to relieve hospitals of non-critical cases and prevent the spread of coronavirus, especially among vulnerable members of society.
HealthNow was initially offered as a website that provide free video teleconsultation from volunteer doctors. Over 11,000 patient requests were received and more than 100 volunteer doctors were pooled from April to June of this year. The pilot has since proved the need for patients and doctors to be digitally connected for better healthcare.
To know more about HealthNow, visit healthnow.ph