Digital innovations become lifelines for Pinoys during pandemic

MANILA, Philippines – While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought challenges Filipinos have never encountered before, several digital innovations have emerged to empower consumers and businesses to succeed in today’s challenging environment.

917Ventures, Globe’s corporate venture builder that is always on the look out for fresh business ideas to launch and accelerate, is behind digital innovations like GCash, KonsultaMD, HealthNow, RUSH, AdSpark, and PureGo.

Digital innovations become lifelines for Pinoys during pandemic

With over 40 million users, GCash has become one of the most widely used cashless solutions to safely send money as well as pay for goods and services online. The government has also used GCash as one of its channels in distributing cash assistance to Filipinos through its Social Amelioration Program (SAP) last year. Moreover, GCash has become the main donation platform in gathering and distributing financial assistance across the country.

Healthtech platforms KonsultaMD and HealthNow have also paved the way for healthcare to be accessible to Filipinos especially during pandemic. KonsultaMD, a subscription-based telehealth service, experienced a 461 percent increase in consultations in 2020 compared to the previous year. HealthNow, an all-in-one health app for primary care needs, has been downloaded over 240,000 times since its launch in August last year.

Purego, an app for quick and easy grocery shopping, offers thousands of products from reputable and trusted brands all sourced directly from Puregold. Items from pantry essentials to household necessities are delivered door-to-door within 24 hours.

Companies like AdSpark and RUSH have helped B2B market add value to businesses and their clients. AdSpark, a full service digital agency that provides services to spark interest for brands, enables businesses to grow through their digital transformation journey. Meanwhile, RUSH helps businesses establish stronger and lasting relationships with its customers.

“We know how tough our battle against this pandemic is, and we are all at risk, especially those who need to be physically present in their jobs. So we continue to reinvent lifestyle and movement through different products and services in the areas of health, e-commerce, financial technology, and advertising technology that deliver indelible value to consumers and businesses,” 917Ventures Managing Director Vince Yamat said.

— Mini, The Summit Express

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