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UP students’ wireless water quality testing device wins in Smart-supported health hackathon

by SMART Public Affairs | May 03, 2016
[02 May 2016] A group of physics students from the University of the Philippines Diliman bagged the gold prize in the #thinkOPENhealth: Hackathon for Health held recently at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City.

Twenty-one teams composed of IT professionals and students, doctors, and nurses competed in the 24-hour hackathon organized by PLDT wireless unit--Smart Communications (Smart), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Research and Development (DOST-PCHRD) in coordination with SmartDevNet, Smart’s developer community.

The hackathon encourages developers to create plug-ins for the Shine OS+, an open-sourced electronic medical record (EMR) system developed by the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center in partnership with Smart.

Used mainly by local government-operated healthcare facilities as an EMR, SHINE OS+ has now opened its API to provide access to other systems enabling data sharing and interoperability that can improve the provision of healthcare services by local government and national health agencies, adhering to the goal on Universal Healthcare program. To know more about SHINE OS+, click on

“At Smart, we have optimized mobile- and web-based technologies to create solutions to real-world problems. In the case of SHINE OS+, we want to help make healthcare services accessible to more Filipinos,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.

“The hackathon helps our department think out of the box. If we want to have better outcomes, we should not be doing things again and again and expect different outcomes. We intend to adopt the innovative solutions that have been brought up by these young people,” said Health Underscretary Dr. Kenneth Hartigan Go.

Paul Pajo, senior developer evangelist of Smart, said: “Shine has a lot of features and they have interoperability with other systems. The developers are now tasked to see how to exploit these interoperabilities by creating a plug-in."

UP Diliman’s Team Quantum Hackers won the gold award for their mobile wireless sensor-based water quality testing device and app called Shine Herald. It tests the salinity (saltiness) and turbidity (cloudiness) of water samples to help prevent and monitor water-borne diseases. Team members Norman Mascarinas, a graduate student, and undergrads Kit Guial and Junelle Bacong, won P100,000.

Team Chunky Monkeys bagged the silver award and P50,000 for their entry Omni Health System. Elise Milo, Craige Milo, Bernadette Milo and Lloyd Ocampo proposed to incentivize the hosting of EMRs in the rural health units using the Ethereum blockchain technology and its built-in “smart contracts” capability making these records accessible even from a different system.

The bronze award and P30,000 went to Team Jeepers Creepers. PJ Sales, Jon Tabac, and Paolo Balleza created the Hx Fact Finder app to connect primary health institutions like community maternity clinics with larger health institutions like city hospitals for consultations and referrals.

All winning teams also received assorted gadgets from Smart, plus a chance to be incubated by DOH, DOST-PCHRD, and IdeaSpace, the incubator arm of the MVP Group of Companies.

For the minor awards, Team Kembot won the SHINE OS+ Award for developing Penshin, a module developed for SHINE OS+ focused on pediatricians and data analytics for growth progress; Team Kapit Bisig bagged the DOST-PCHRD Award for its Kapit Bisig App, a facility inventory and supply planning module that allows different facilities to manage drugs, supplies, equipment and processes through data-driven planning; Team Clutch won the DOH Award for Ready Steth Go, an app that runs on Android devices; and Blastoise Brigade won the Student Award for Pesky, an app that utilizes SHINE OS+ to collect and visualize the data of prescribed drugs.