Good Doctor Technology Thailand GDTT, is a subsidiary of Good Doctor Technology GDT, a regional health-tech company with the vision of providing One Doctor for One Family in SEA, and theAsianparent Thailand, the largest parenting community in SEA.
With over 30 million users monthly, they announced the launch of their joint knowledge-sharing initiative aimed at educating, supporting and empowering new mothers. With digital health technologies and access to telemedicine services powered by GDTT, new mothers and pregnant women will be able to provide better care for their newborns and themselves as they enter motherhood.
This initiative has been developed in response to the joint recognition and acknowledgement that there is an increase in cases of postpartum stress, especially during the COVID pandemic, with many new mothers left to self-navigate their journey. According to Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health researchers, pregnant and postpartum women may experience high levels of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and post-traumatic stress, which are directly or indirectly related to the COVID pandemic. Such high levels of distress may have potential implications for women and for fetal and child health and development.
Both GDTT and theAsianparent Thailand have responded to the need to help new mothers navigate their journey by focusing on spreading credible health-related information and educating them about leveraging telehealth services to speak to credible healthcare professionals about their medical concerns. Although many tech-savvy Thai women are ready to rely more on convenient digital healthcare services, telemedicine is still a new concept in the Kingdom.
By using innovative solutions, GDTT and theAsianparent Thailand aim to democratise access to digital health services and credible doctors for all new mothers and mothers-to-be. By unlocking new knowledge about parenthood, GDTT and the Asianparent Thailand look forward to boosting new mothers’ health literacy standards by empowering them with access to professional medical expertise in key aspects of parenting, including mental health and nutritional health-related consultations.
Through the GDTT application, parents can quickly receive professional answers to their queries after successful account registration, they can get connected to GDTTs in-house general practitioners, paediatricians and psychologists within 60 seconds, complete their virtual consultation and receive a diagnosis or treatment recommendation. Specific health demands of new mothers will also be met through the inclusion of other types of specialities in maternal and paediatric health medical professionals into GDTTs telemedicine service offerings to ensure that their healthcare demands are catered for at all times.
With the high digital penetration rates in Thailand, it is common for people to search their symptoms online in the hope of finding medical information to guide them in managing their condition. By increasing the access to telemedicine services to more people in Thailand, especially new mothers, who are looking for specific information to guide them throughout their motherhood journey, we can put people back in the driver’s seat of managing their physical and emotional health, said Dr Sudhichai Chokekijchai, Head of Medical Team of Good Doctor Technology Thailand GDTT.
He adds with the increased time commitments new mothers are faced with, telemedicine services can provide additional convenience for them to access the right care at the right time. The two companies have already kicked off their general public education initiatives earlier this year by hosting regular talks to champion trending health topics among new mothers and pregnant women. Most recently, GDTT was invited to host a workshop during the Asiaparents Central X theAsianparent Baby Fair 2022.
In this workshop, a team of GDTT doctors discussed the participant’s depression and anxiety after giving birth or during pregnancy, which are most likely caused by hormonal shifts that happen around pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. Early parenting is also related to poor mental health outcomes, particularly concerning sleep.
Written by: Supaporn Pholrach (Joom)