Globe’s 917Ventures teams up with AC Health for new healthcare app

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — It has not been easy for Filipinos to take care of their health given the current pandemic.

Seeking medical help these days has been challenging due to the fear of contracting the coronavirus at hospitals and other medical facilities. Meanwhile, healthcare providers also need to deal with an overwhelming volume of patients while making sure that everyone receives proper medical attention.

To bridge the gap between patients and medical practitioners, 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines wholly-owned by Globe, is collaborating with ACHealth.

The collaboration resulted in HealthNow, an all-in-one health app that will help Filipinos get the healthcare they need anytime, anywhere.

HealthNow allows users to consult a doctor via video call, buy medicine ready for delivery, and book clinic and lab appointments online.

“When COVID-19 struck the country, there has been a massive shift in consumer behavior from passive to active participation in health, creating more demand for convenience and transparency,” said Issa Cabreira, 917Ventures Managing Partner.

The mobile app will be powered by the assets of 917Ventures and ACHealth, which include KonsultaMD, FamilyDOC, Healthway, and Generika. The mobile app will be available for download in Google Play and App Store in August.

“Since it is our mission to solve the most prevalent problems plaguing the Philippines, we found it necessary to prioritize the delivery of healthcare to our fellow Filipinos who are in need of medical attention especially in this trying time,” she added.

Non-contact delivery of health services through telemedicine is advocated by the Department of Health (DOH) as a way to relieve hospitals of non-critical cases and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially among vulnerable members of society.