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UP develops ‘e-dalaw’ to help isolated COVID-19 patients connect with families

April 18, 2020 Uncategorized

Dr. Nats Orillaza (with blue mask), UPCM telepresence project supervisor under UPCM SIBOL head Dr. E. Wang, testing the Telepresence computers with Dr. Homer Co (with pink mask) of UP-PGH before sending it off to the COVID wards. Dr Homer Co and PGH MSS were instrumental in conceptualizing the e-dalaw. (Photo from UP College of Medicine said of Facebook account)

CALOOCAN CITY, April 18 (PIA) – The UP College of Medicine Surgical Innovations and BioTechnology Laboratory developed a ‘e-dalaw’ or ‘tele-bisita’ software to help isolated COVID-19 patients connect with their loved ones and families.

“Ang mga pasyenteng may COVID ay hindi lamang numero o statistic, sila po ay taong may nagmamahal at may minamahal na pamilya. Pwede na po nila makausap ang mga  mahal nila sa buhay habang nasa ospital,” UP College of Medicine said of Facebook post, April 14.

The telepresence computers will be used at the COVID areas of UP-PGH, UP College of Medicine added.

Meanwhile, not only isolated COVID-19 patients will be able to see and talk their families through this electronic visitation software.

According to UP College of Medicine the same telepresence system may also be used by the doctors and nurses to monitor and communicate with the patients, lessening exposure of the health care workers.

UP College of Medicine thanked Xavier School alumni Batch ’75 for donating computer sets and stands that will be used for the project.

The telepresence project is a collaborative effort of UP Manila and UP Diliman. (PIA-NCR)

source https://pia.gov.ph/news/articles/1039364

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