Published Tuesday, July 14, 2020

A U.S. company donates equipment
to Social Security

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. biopharmaceutical company Pfizer donated technological equipment (hardware) to Social Security in support of the institution's telemedicine program.

According to the company, it also donated an additional 250 coolers to transport medications that require cold storage which will facilitate medication delivery efforts to patient homes. Donations also include 24 tablets, 7 laptops, and 3 video conferencing cameras, with their respective microphones and speakers.

“Guided by our commitment to the kind of innovation that changes patient lives, we at Pfizer recognize the work of the Costa Rican Social Security to combat the covid-19 pandemic, as well as the importance of supporting our various economic and social sectors, as we fight this pandemic," said Bradley Silcox, General Manager of Pfizer Central America and the Caribbean. "By contributing both to the telemedicine program and to the delivery of cold-chain medications at home, we are able to bring value to patients while contributing to innovation and to strengthening medical care in Costa Rica.”

According to Social Security, the donated equipment will support the efforts of virtual medical consultation between ambulatory management patients and specialists. This includes physiotherapists, from the National Rehabilitation Center, San Juan de Dios Hospital, and the Specialized Care Center for covid-19 Patients, to provide proper care, to benefit the efforts of health professionals, and to ensure safety for all, to minimize the chance of coronavirus contagion.

Also, the global company will: 

 • Conduct training and consultation on the use of different video communication solutions.

 • Use tools that facilitate follow-up for telemedicine activities.

 • Promote telehealth applications.

 • Perform tests on peripheral equipment used in the execution of telemedicine applications. 

What other international company should give donations to Costa Rican health workers in the front line of the pandemic? 
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