[27 May 2016] Knowledge of a patient’s medical history and information is critical in administering the proper treatment, especially so during emergency situations.
Team Chunky Monkeys won the silver award at the recently concluded thinkOPEN: Hackathon for Health
organized by Smart for their Omni Health System, a system that allows access of electronic medical
records across various platforms. In photo are (from left to right) Jill Lava, manager for community
partnerships at Smart Public Affairs, with the members of Team Chunkey Monkeys, and Jem Mojica,
project staff at Smart Public Affairs.
This criteria paved the way for Omni Health, a system that allows access to electronic medical records (EMRs) to garner the silver award at the recently concluded thinkOPEN: Hackathon for Health 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 was organized for developers to create plug-ins for the SHINE OS+, an open-sourced EMR system developed by the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center in partnership with Smart to help improve the delivery of healthcare services to more Filipinos.
SHINE OS+ has since opened its API, enabling data sharing or exchange for interoperability. The SHINE mobile app is now available for download for both Android and iOS devices.
Universal access to patient records
The Omni Health System was created by Lloyd Ocampo, Elizabeth Milo, Bernadette Milo, and Ariel Vaughn Milo of Team Chunky Monkeys.
“We have different EMR platforms – Shine OS+, E-hatid, Lunas, Wireless Access for Health, and others. Since these systems are different from each other, we built a system that was interoperable across these platforms,” explains Elizabeth, a staff of the Office of the President.
“If you’re a patient going to a rural health unit (RHU) and they only use the SHINE EMR, and your records are in E-hatid, the RHU cannot access your medical records. An EMR is crucial in emergency cases,” she says.
According to the team, public and private hospitals that subscribe to the Omni Health System stand to also benefit financially.
“If an RHU or private health facility will host files, each patient’s file can generate earnings as an incentive. Since the system will use bitcoin and similar digital currencies, the health facility will earn for each patient record stored in its system,” says Vaughn.
Ultimately, the team aspires for a national health ID system that will be spun off their Omni Health System. A swipe of the unified health ID system will automatically prompt ones medical records. Everything from birth until death, will be recorded in the unified health system ID’s database.
The patients’ records that are stored through the Omni Health System may also be accessed even without Internet connection.
“Using peer to peer seeding, your EMR is tamper proof. It cannot be falsified or altered. Each transaction has a unique hash, much like a tweet has one. As a patient you have control over the information you want your health professional to access,” assures Vaughn.
Team Chunky Monkeys received P50,000 in cash prize from the DOH and DOST, as well as various gadgets from Smart. It also has a chance to be incubated by the DOH, the DOST-PCHRD and SMART- IdeaSpace, the incubator arm of the First Pacific Group of Companies in the Philippines.