The Thai government has built a telemedicine platform to monitor COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms at home and in community isolation centers.
Government agencies involved in its creation include the Digital Government Development Agency, the National Science and Technology Development Agency, the National Health Security Office, the Bangkok Health Bureau, and the National Telecommunications Company, a state-owned enterprise.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
According to a local report, the BKK HI Care platform allows the remote monitoring of patients by doctors. The system keeps a record of patients’ daily food intake, treatments, prescriptions and temperatures. The platform is accessible to nurses and doctors via mobile phones, tablets and Windows, iOS and Android computers.
The platform was built to keep COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms out of hospitals given the lack of hospital beds. Those patients who signed up for the government home isolation program through the LINE messaging app are continuously monitored through the telemedicine system.
The report noted that around 285 healthcare facilities are monitoring some 9,000 patients remotely through the platform.
THE BIGGEST TREND
This week, a group of volunteer healthcare professionals in Thailand trained Comprehensive COVID-19 response teams to help with the Ministry of Public Health’s COVID-19 screening campaign across the country. The government provided the 39 teams with around 300,000 antigen test kits to perform free COVID-19 testing in communities until August 10.
At the same time, the Ministry of Public Health announced that it would also purchase an additional 80 million Favipiravir, an antiviral drug for patients with COVID-19.
Thailand’s COVID-19 cases hit an unprecedented daily high this week at more than 20,000, fueled by the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant. That brings the total number of infections to nearly 700,000 with 5,600 deaths, based on data from the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard.