Telemedicine via Short Messaging System (SMS) in rural Philippines

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 6;952.


The University of the Philippines National Telehealth Center extended its services to the Doctor-to-the-Barrios program of the Department of Health through Short Messaging System telereferral system. This system enables physicians from remote and underserved rural communities to refer cases to domain experts from the University of the Philippines Philippine General Hospital. Two hundred eighty-four cases were sent in a six-month period.

MeSH terms

  • Electronic Mail / organization & administration*
  • Hospital Communication Systems / organization & administration*
  • Philippines
  • Remote Consultation / methods*
  • Remote Consultation / organization & administration*
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Rural Population*