Less time spent in the hospital, more time for what truly matters.
Held annually on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, political, and cultural achievements of women throughout history. This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge” – a rallying call to action to go against established “norms” and champion equality.
Challenging the status quo is something women have done for decades. As societies have progressed through the ages, the push for equality may still be ongoing, the role of a woman today is more dynamic than ever. Free from being boxed in by “gender roles” of the past, women in more and more parts of the world have options to choose. They can focus on their careers, run households, and help raise families – sometimes all at once.
However, with the continuous pressure that comes from modern living, a woman’s physical and mental health can sometimes go unchecked. In terms of major barriers keeping women from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, they boil down to two things: lack of time, and the de-prioritization of their own well-being.
In the Philippines, studies have revealed that the top three causes of death among women are heart disease, cancer, and pneumonia. On top of those serious illnesses, women also face possible complications, or worse, deaths during pregnancy or childbirth. While stress management, a balanced diet, exercise, and better sleeping habits can help prevent the onset of illnesses, there remains a need for women to be able to fit the access to quality healthcare into their lifestyles.
For non-emergency cases, this is where telemedicine can be an effective solution. As telemedicine provides medical care and monitoring of treatment, the medium, supplemented by quarterly or semi-annual physical checks, can be helpful in managing chronic conditions such as Hypertension and Diabetes. This is aside from the usual outpatient illnesses that can be addressed via telemedicine as well.
At Medgate, our telemedicine services are geared to provide care that comforts – with over 20 years of effectively catering to a diverse range of patient needs despite the distance. In order to address the various medical concerns any woman might have, from consultations to treatment, here is how telemedicine can help:
1. Easier Consultations
Given the current situation of our healthcare system, going to a hospital can be quite the task. Visiting a doctor for a face-to-face consultation can pose a safety risk for both patients and healthcare professionals. At Medgate, our telemedicine consultations are integrated with medicine delivery services to save women from the trouble of having to go out to visit a pharmacy or healthcare facility, as the medical condition permits.
2. Observation of Treatment Plans
Especially in the case of conditions that require frequent monitoring, virtual consultations allow healthcare professionals to remotely keep a close eye on the progress of their patients and do a follow-up virtually, as long as their condition allows.
3. Discussing Test Results
The importance of the discussion of any medical test results between a patient and a specialist doctor cannot be further emphasized. As specialist interpretations of medical results lead to personalized treatment and prevention strategies, telemedicine helps provide a level of care as good as a face-to-face consultation.
From consulting with an OB-Gyne to other health specialists, a lack of time or the presence of other pressing concerns should never prevent a woman from accessing quality healthcare, no matter how fast paced life gets. Besides, expert medical advice especially at the onset of an illness will always be better than a quick internet search for symptoms or self-medication. With 24/7 availability, Medgate makes it easy for any woman to connect with the people she needs to maintain her health – whenever she needs them, and wherever she may be.
For women’s health needs, stay at home and call a doctor anytime with Medgate.