The objective of the RxBox research program is to develop a locally-manufactured, medical-grade telemedicine device and demonstrate its usefulness in target Rural Health Units / Local Health Centers in GIDA (geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas) municipalities nationwide.
The RxBox research program is divided into three projects:
The first project’s aim is to integrate an electronic medical record (CHITS) and eTriage with an existing commercial biomedical device, the Maternal-Fetal Monitor (MFM), imported from another country. The MFM underwent reverse engineering by the DOST Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI).
The eNAI is a version of the RxBox that is developed by the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI) of the University of the Philippines Diliman. The sensors included:
Blood pressure monitor
Fetal heart monitor
Slots for future modules
The CHITS and eTriage are already incorporated in the eNAI device.
The RxBox devices, both the MFM and the eNAI are field-tested in rural health units, lying-in clinics and birthing facilities. The aim of this deployment is to determine the usability, ease of use and workflow integration of the RxBox.
The RxBox program is being funded by Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)-DOST. The total cost of the project (research and development, 120 units RxBox, deployment, training, personnel, etc) is around P41.8 M.
Device deployment and field testing/training is a collaboration of EEEI – UP Diliman, ASTI – DOST, and National Telehealth Center – UP Manila.