Friday, June 11, 2021

Medgate Philippines foresees a bigger role for telemedicine in the future of healthcare

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Medgate Philippines believes that by increasing and improving access to high-quality medical care, telemedicine will help shape the future of overall healthcare in the country and globally.

Speaking at a recent press briefing, Medgate Philippines President Stavros Athanasiou said that “The past year and a half has challenged our healthcare systems in unimaginable ways, while also changing the way many Filipino patients get treated,” he shared. “Throughout all that, telehealth services have proven to be a prime complement to traditional healthcare, acting as another avenue for treatment. Medgate is committed to providing those services to even more Filipinos as we continue to navigate the current health crisis.”

Just last year, the telemedicine provider saw a 170% jump in the usage of their services - leading to a total patient base of 1.5 million. In these consultations, Medgate employs a medical co-management approach where doctors with multiple specialisations consult with a single case. This means that an Internist may also treat a Pediatric case to get a better background of and solution for a patient's condition, contributing to high treatment rate for the provider.

This success is just the first step, as the company sees demand for its innovation increasing even more in the near future. Medgate will continue to innovate and grow its telemedicine core business as new technologies emerge. The advent of 5G broadband should make for an immersive high resolution video experience further enhancing the experience of patients. Advances in wearables, especially those with the ability to capture body temperature, blood pressure, and even blood sugar will usher in a new wave of customers. “The demand is there,” adds Athanasiou. “It’s now a matter of making sure that the proper services and infrastructures are in place to sustain the usage and provide telemedicine to more patients.”

Collaborations also seen to keep improving telemedicine access

Medgate Philippines also has ongoing tie-ups with some of the country’s leading HMO and health insurance companies including Intellicare and Generali. Through these partnerships, members can conveniently consult with a doctor on the Medgate platform 24/7, even having the option to have their prescribed medicines delivered.

"Working with Medgate provided a most valuable and differentiating benefit to our partner members. We were able to provide accessible, affordable, and compassionate care even in this most challenging of times." said Mario Silos, Chairman of Asalus Corporation (Intellicare).

These multi-year engagements with their partner HMOs and health insurance companies are in line with Medgate’s goal to provide the care that comforts to as many Filipinos as possible.

“We are very bullish about the growth of our partnership with Medgate,” added Maria Sharon Maranan, Chief Distribution Officer of Generali. “Telemedicine will continue to play a big role in healthcare as different healthcare delivery models continue to evolve to address our customers’ changing needs.” she stated.

“The work we do alongside our partners is important. This is the perfect time for us to work together towards furthering healthcare innovation,” said Medgate Philippines Country Manager, Ronald Estrella. “Medgate continues to further differentiate its telemedicine service from the competition. The company will be expanding its partnerships, growing its base of healthcare professionals, and will ensure multiple touchpoints for easier access for patients – be it over the phone, social media, website, or our upcoming mobile app.”

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About Medgate Philippines:

Medgate has been in the Telemedicine industry since 1998 and has handled over 11 million consultations globally in that time. Medgate has global presence in India, the Middle East, Philippines, and Switzerland. Medgate Philippines has been operating since 2016 and caters to over 1.5 million Filipinos who are members of Medgate's partners in the banking, health, and insurance industries. We strive to provide innovative and accessible healthcare to Filipinos. For more information, go to or follow us @MedgatePhilippines on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

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