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New app provides access to integrated digital health care

MPIC chairman Manny V. Pangilinan with MPIC president and CEO Joey Lim and Chaye Revilla, MPIC chief finance and sustainability officer, during the virtual launch of mWell. Also present was Nicole Cordoves, who hosted the event.

ONE thing that we have seen in quarantine is the boom of telehealth services, where you can book an appointment with a doctor and the consultation is done via video call. We can now even book tests to be conducted at home.

What makes mWell different is that it claims to be the first all-in-one health and wellness app that offers medical consultations and wellness programs, plus products that you can have delivered to your doorstep.

mWell is owned by Metro Pacific Health Tech Corp. (MPHTC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC). The same group owns hospitals in the country, including Makati Medical Center, Asian Hospital and Cardinal Santos Medical Center.

“Through a collaboration with trusted health experts, mWell will develop an ecosystem to bring integrated digital health care closer to every Filipino, even beyond the pandemic. mWell will empower every Filipino to be in control of their health with just one app,” said MPIC chairman Manny V. Pangilinan during the online launch of mWell.

Pangilinan said mWell was part of the MVP Group’s Gabay Kalusugan advocacy, which aims to make health care and wellness available and accessible to more Filipinos.

He used two words to describe how health care is at mWell: affordable and democratic.

Through mWell, an integrated health-care platform, the organization hopes to make response to Filipinos’ health and wellness needs just a few clicks away. The Gabay Kalusugan advocacy also includes medical missions, sports camps and the distribution of hospital supplies, equipment, test kits and beds to hospitals and other medical facilities.

“mWell is our response to Filipinos’ call for a better, more responsive, highly convenient health-care platform. It is a fully integrated ecosystem that will deliver their health and wellness needs,” said Chaye Revilla, chief finance and sustainability officer of Metro Pacific Investments Corp.

mWell is backed by top names in the health care, wellness and tech sectors, including CareSpan’s Clinic in the Cloud, which integrates digital care tools and data for mWell doctors and patients; LotusFlare’s multi-awarded cloud-native IT digital enablement platform that ensures a seamless, end-to-end customer experience; and Ping An’s health-care technologies which enables mWell to address Covid-19 concerns, diagnosis, care and treatments.

mWell’s payment partner is PayMaya for fast, secure, contact-less and hassle-free transactions.

mWell also has partnerships with fitness experts like Active8me for personalized daily fitness, nutrition and wellness programs, and theAsianparent for smart parenting solutions from pregnancy to family health management.

mWell users can make purchases from Adobomall’s online health shop and prescription and OTC medications from South Star Drug, the e-Pharmacy partner starting August. Medicard also allows mWell users to book Covid-19 testing services.

mWell is working on forging partnerships with local government units, said MPIC president and CEO Joey Lim.

“Together, we will build an ecosystem that will provide easy access to integrated digital health care. We invite doctors and health practitioners to digitize their practice, partner with us and be part of mWell’s mission. With our combined strength, we can empower Filipinos to be in control of their health,” said Lim.

“One way to help people is through telemedicine, which is really a game-changer,” said Dr. Lovely Garcia, an obstetrician-gynecologist.

Garcia said mWell will give patients, even those who live in geographically challenged areas, to have access to doctors and health-care services.

“I would recommend this to my colleagues because it would widen their reach. It would also reduce the anxiety of going outside on the part of doctors and their patients,” she said.

The roster of doctors at mWell includes general practitioners and specialty doctors. Doctors can easily manage digital appointments, keep patients’ confidential medical records and issue e-prescriptions.

Doctors, clinics and hospitals all over the country are welcome to be part of mWell. Doctors can set up their own mWell virtual clinics for free, without any setup or membership fees. Doctors will receive training on how to access mWell’s suite of services.

In August, mWell will launch a nationwide medical mission, an unprecedented virtual event in the Philippines that will highlight partnerships and collaborations with clinics and doctors nationwide.

In September, the platform will launch its partnership with Aktivolabs. This will allow app users to monitor, track and improve their Wellness Score through Aktivo’s proprietary algorithm that looks at a user’s physical activity and daily sleep, and provides personalized information on what an ideal healthy physical lifestyle is.

You can download the mWell app from Google Play or the App Store.

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