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The New Protocols for Non-Urgent Healthcare

by: Abigail Sabido | April 3, 2020 | Healthcare
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare clinics remain operational to support and ensure patients’ well-being. To maintain the safety of the patients, staff, and medical professionals, new protocols have been enacted but are constantly evolving according to new developments and directives from the WHO, CDC, and local authorities. These are a few examples…

Your Not So Mainstream Ice Cream

by: Abigail Sabido | March 11, 2020 | Culture
Thanks to the Philippine’s tropical climate, ice cream comes in cheap to beat the heat. Purple yam and coconut ice cream are arguably Filipino, but emerging new flavors and twists are gaining quite a following. More so now that ice cream shops compete in creating the tastiest and weirdest flavors. Ice cream artisans are dipping…

Our New Year’s Resolutions

by: Abigail Sabido | January 17, 2020 | VA Stories
The new year is a time to reflect and assess the past year and prepare for what’s ahead. Part of this tradition is the classic New Year’s Resolution. We asked our VMAs and staff theirs and they happily shared their interesting lists. Take a look at the resolutions they hope to develop and accomplish in…

Our Community Outreach Highlights

by: Abigail Sabido | January 8, 2020 | Company
Giving back to the community has always been part of the company’s core values. We’ve organized community outreach activities, relief efforts for disaster-stricken communities, and job fairs. In the last quarter of the year, we took part in the annual training for teachers and tree-planting activity. Tree-Planting at the City’s Sanitary Landfill The company wished…

Social Media and Medical Literacy in the Philippines

by: Rey Palmares | December 4, 2019 | Culture
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…

How does the Ambulatory Referral Guide Improve Revenue Generation for Doctors

by: Rey Palmares | October 30, 2019 | Healthcare
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…

We had fun at FMX 2019

by: Rey Palmares | October 3, 2019 | Healthcare
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…

Road to FMX 2019: Iloilo’s Brewing Sweet Revival

by: Abigail Sabido | September 28, 2019 | Culture
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…

PPA Story: Ruth, Keeping Up with the Physician

by: Abigail Sabido | September 24, 2019 | VA Stories
Before the clock strikes 7:30 PM Philippine time (6:30 AM CT), Ruth prepares her working table in her mini home-office. She turns on her computer and checks the doctor’s calendar and emails. Then she proceeds to check on the clinic’s staff both in the US and the Philippines, keeping track of absentees and those availing…

The Road to FMX 2019

by: Abigail Sabido | September 22, 2019 | 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…