The 1st batch of RxBox devices arrive in the Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 1 on June 9, 2021, from the Ionics EMS, Inc.

The RxBox is an electronic diagnostic device in a box that includes a blood pressure monitor (sphygmomanometer), pulse oximeter, electrocardiogram, fetal heart monitor, maternal tocometer, and temperature sensor that can be used for diagnostic procedures and capable of capturing and sending patient information over a distance whenever the patient needs to be referred to a specialist. This is a diagnostic tool that will be of great benefit in this time of the pandemic, most especially, in aiding telemedicine.

The devices will undergo Clinical Acceptance Test (CAT) from June 11 to 21, 2021, to ensure the completeness, efficacy, and accuracy of the RxBox units. More so, it will determine the readiness of the devices and enable familiarization with the modules, in preparation for the deployment to the different LGUs.

In Region 1, 44- Rural Health Units with birthing facilities were selected and assessed based on the criteria set by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines- National Telehealth Center (UP- NTHC). The units will be deployed for free as funded by DOST and DOH. The deployment and training schedules will be finalized after the successful conduct of CAT.

The delivery of the final batch of devices will follow after they pass the quality standards of the manufacturing agency.