October 27, 2020
SELANGOR; Oct 17, 2020 – Private healthcare company, Columbia Asia Hospital group recently embarked on a digital medical service where their patients can get the care that they need from their doctor via video call, receive medical advice and/or clinical management as well as drug prescriptions -- without being on hospital grounds. On top of that, the patient’s medication is delivered right to the patient’s doorstep. This practical service utilizes a full digital platform via telehealth provider DoctorOnCall that links Columbia Asia’s patients with their doctors.
"In this new norm, where social distancing is a wise and safe practice, the conscious effort to minimize public movement and unnecessary close contacts can serve the patient well. We believe an enhanced telehealthcare system offers real convenience for our patients whilst meeting their healthcare needs in this present pandemic environment," says Kelvin Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Asia Sdn Bhd. "Some people are worried about visiting hospitals but a platform such as this will put their anxieties to rest as there will be no more delays in treatment and medicine prescriptions. This will be significantly beneficial to the elderly and high-risk patients."
Apart from the apparent convenience of saving patients’ travel time, it also provides continuity of medication without having to be physically present at the hospital. For those who have had surgeries at their respective Columbia Asia hospital, follow-up appointments can be carried out via this telehealth service, whenever its appropriate.
A broad scope of medical specialists from Columbia Asia hospitals have onboarded this telehealth platform to help offer this much needed convenience to their patients. Medicine will be delivered free of charge for medication costing more than RM50 within a 20km radius from each respective Columbia Asia Hospital.
"This platform is an end-to-end virtual healthcare service," adds Kelvin. "It is much needed at a time when the community at large is trying to flatten the curve, whilst knowing there are real healthcare needs of our patients to be served."
For more information on Columbia Asia’s telehealth services, log onto www.columbiaasia.com/telehealth.
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