BAGUIO CITY – The first Artificial Intelligence (AI)-assisted Baguio Health Information Assistant and Vaccine Management System is formally launched last March 11, 2021held at the Forbes Ballroom, Baguio Country Club. Members of the medical community, representative with COO & CTO Christer Cruz of NTT DATA Philippines with NTT Data HQ Director Yukihiro Uchida, Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Saint Louis University Hospital (SLUSHSH) Head Pulmonologist and Notre Dame de Chartres Hospital Isolation unit volunteer Physician-Pulmonologist Ruel Revilla, and DOH-CAR Assistant Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan.

Wherein Baguio residents may enjoy free online medical consultation and other medical-related inquiries directly to doctors by visiting https://baguio.gov.ph using a Desktop PC/Laptop or Mobile phone browser.

In a message of Mayor Magalong, “emphasized that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and reimagined medicine keeps health workers and the public safe, as it provides early intervention through right information, a distanced, properly managed and strengthened health system for the prevention of deaths, the success in fighting the Covid-19 virus depends on leaders’ unwavering commitment, serious consideration and ability to focus on changes and technology, with telemedicine as part of the Covid-19 response,”

Telemedicine’s overseer Revilla pointed out that the Covid-19 pandemic opened new avenues through creation of sites for digital platforms to serve the public through telemedicine, or contactless/distanced medical care.

“Responses or conversations could then be chosen as to the physical or emotional needs of the client; Revilla noted. Since the fear of social stigma may present an unseen barrier for reaching out, telemedicine provides a sense of privacy for queries from a client,”

“Automatic responses may be given, though these are directed to the proper channels such as a voice box, an e-mail address, and a live agent/physician. Frequently asked questions may be answered, a self-service triage, medical appointment or emergency destination could be processed,” Revilla concluded.   FNS/Mario Oclaman

Mario Oclaman