Philippines has medical tourism boost through mobile technology

Published on : Tuesday, January 9, 2018

18734633_how-could-medical-tourism-impact_t51571248To boost the local tourism in Philippines, the Smart Communications Inc. developed mobile solutions which are now marking an ear mark in the tourism business of the country.



Smart Communications unveiled early this year the latest version of the Operation Smile app, which was developed as a Java-based solution in 2012.



Now available for both Android and iOS devices, the app was launched as part of Operation Smile Philippines’ (OSP) 35th anniversary, with the campaign #UntilWeHeal.



The mobile applications, which is being used by volunteers from OSP and International Care Ministries, helps in digitizing medical information and mapping cleft patients.



It enables OSP to plan the medical missions in a more efficient manner, by targeting areas with high number of cleft incidents.



This year, Smart Communications supported OSP’s medical missions in the following areas: Batangas, Bacolod, Dumaguete, and Iloilo.



Since the launch of the travel technology company in 1982, more than 31,000 lives have been changed by Operation Smile in the Philippines. This year alone, around 900 beneficiaries have been treated, while more than 600 patients have been encoded in the app.



Secured Health Information Network and Exchange or SHINE OS+, an electronic medical record (EMR) and referral system launched in 2011 by Smart and Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC), is continuously being deployed in rural health units and communities nationwide.



Since 2015, Smart’s SHINE OS+ has been able to digitize close to 177,700 patient records from 25 RHUs covering 23 municipalities in Cebu; four RHUs from Iloilo; four from Rizal; and one each for Bohol, Bulacan, Kalibo, and Masbate.



Some of the communities and RHUs that adopted SHINE OS+ this year include Gawad Kalinga Ark of Noah in Bocaue, Bulacan; Pototan and Banate RHUs in Iloilo, and RHUs 2, 3, and 4 in San Mateo, Rizal.



A new plug-in for SHINE OS+, called EpiNurse, was created as an emergency risk reduction tool in Nepal. This had become vulnerable to calamities and conflict. The Nursing Association of Nepal in Kathmandu recently trained on EpiNurse, or Epidemiology + Nursing for Disaster Risk Reduction.



EpiNurse, another technology app allows the compilation of public health data, which is crucial in preventing disease outbreaks and mitigating disaster risk in the country.



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