Telehealth platform Doctor Anywhere (DA), headquartered in Singapore, and Philippine conglomerate Equicom Group have announced a joint venture to launch a telemedicine platform and develop a digital healthcare ecosystem in the Philippines.
The joint venture will build on Equicom Group's healthcare network in the Philippines, together with DA’s experience in delivering integrated telehealth solutions to millions of users in Southeast Asia. It will provide users with on-demand virtual consultations with healthcare providers and chronic care services.
Doctor Anywhere's telemedicine platform allows users to skip the clinic waiting time, and video-call a licensed doctor in five minutes, with medication delivered to them within one day. Medication delivery will be free across Metro Manila. Medical history, health reports, and other documents are stored in-app for easy access to users and patients. The platform also supports mental health counselling with trained counsellors and therapists.
"The pandemic has brought to light the importance and usefulness of telehealth services, especially in the areas of chronic care and mental health support. By forming this joint venture, we hope to improve the access to quality healthcare services in the Philippines, to bring reliable and convenient healthcare directly to the public through their mobile devices." said Lim Wai Mun, founder and CEO of Doctor Anywhere.
Available to the public with no setup fees
Antonio Go, Chairman of Equicom Group said, "Our aim is to use technology to provide access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Filipinos. The joint venture will focus on developing innovative and personalised healthcare products to expand the service capacity of the healthcare system. We will drive coordinated healthcare for patients, with a focus on primary and chronic care."
The partnership successfully launched the platform to Equicom Group's employees earlier this year, and is extending the services to the public in the Philippines. Users of the app will be able to do a cashless doctor's consultation, as well as obtain medicine prescriptions and referral letters electronically in-app. They can also book mental wellness counselling, and speak to an experienced counsellor through the app.
According to both organisations, there are no setup or platform fees to use the service. The partnership will also explore opportunities with health maintenance organisations (HMOs), insurance companies and healthcare institutions in the Philippines, to offer similar services for their users.
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