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Social Media and Medical Literacy in the Philippines

by: Rey Palmares | December 4, 2019 | Culture ,Healthcare ,News and Tips
How has social media affected medical literacy in the Philippines? Filipinos are the world’s top users of social media and this has been the case for the past four years. Despite being one of the more tech savvy nations (as far as social media is concerned), Filipinos are vulnerable to misinformation. This is particularly true…
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How does the Ambulatory Referral Guide Improve Revenue Generation for Doctors

by: Rey Palmares | October 30, 2019 | Uncategorized
Of the 100-million subspecialist referrals each year, only around half of these are actually completed. This has become an increasingly dire situation for healthcare. A variety of factors such as miscommunication and a vagueness or misinterpretation lend greatly to these visits becoming losses. These dismal numbers have family physicians missing out on potential income in…
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We had fun at FMX 2019

by: Rey Palmares | October 3, 2019 | Events ,News and Tips
We exhibited in our first medical conference in Pennsylvania last September 24-28. We brought locally-grown coffee beans and chocolates all the way from the Philippines, and they were a big hit! The Philippines is one of the few countries that grow all four major coffee varieties (Arabica, Robusta, Exelsa, Liberica) as well as high quality…
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Road to FMX 2019: Iloilo’s Brewing Sweet Revival

by: Abigail Sabido | September 28, 2019 | Culture ,Events
Iloilo City (where our VMAs are based) has witnessed large scale developments over the past few years. Once called the Queen City of the South, the local government is gearing towards redeeming the title. This year, the Iloilo provincial administration boosts the local coffee and cocoa industry to achieve agricultural and economic sustainability. Local farmers…
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PPA Story: Ruth, Keeping Up with the Physician

by: Abigail Sabido | September 24, 2019 | Company ,Virtual Assistant Stories
Before the clock strikes 7:30 PM Philippine time (7:30 AM EST), Ruth prepares her work station. She turns on her computer and immediately checks the doctor’s calendar and emails. She then proceeds to check on the clinic’s staff both in the US and the Philippines. She monitors late-comers, absentees, and those requesting to go on…
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The Road to FMX 2019

by: Abigail Sabido | September 22, 2019 | Company ,Events
Our company takes a big leap and joins the annual Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in Philadelphia on September 25-28. Organized by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the FMX is a venue for family doctors to earn CME, listen to dynamic presentations, and find patient care solutions for their practice. 2019 is the association’s…
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Vaccines in the Philippines (Part 2): Looming Threat of Polio Resurgence

by: xilium | September 13, 2019 | Healthcare
Three years after the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy, the public remains doubtful of the government’s immunization programs. In just two years, two major outbreaks occurred in the country. Records show that in 2018 only 66% of the 95% target vaccine coverage was successfully immunized.  Now, PH’s Department of Health Secretary warns the public of a possible…
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The History of Labor Day in the Philippines as Influenced by Americans

by: Rey Palmares | September 2, 2019 | Culture
The worldwide practice of Labor Day is believed to have originated in the US. This came about in the late 19th century in which Americans were working 10- to 16-hour work days in bleak and dangerous conditions. Only business owners were making a profit while the employees were kept under oppressive contracts. These circumstances eventually…
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August Rush: Holidays and Events in the Month of August

by: Abigail Sabido | August 23, 2019 | Culture
August is among the most eventful months of the year in the Philippine calendar. Other than packed with national holidays, August also highlights many of the country’s unique traditions.  Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) and History Month  The country celebrates National Language Month and History Month annually to strengthen national identity and love for…
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Batchoy: Iloilo’s Most Famous Dish

by: Rey Palmares | August 22, 2019 | Culture
Filipino food culture is a combination of Southeast Asian influences, influenced with a bit of Indian cuisine, and some Japanese here and there. In Iloilo City, we take pride in the diversity and quality of our food. Iloilo is popularly known in the Philippines for its great seafood but we also have a few other…