PASAY CITY, Metro Manila- During the workshop on Education of the 2nd Philippine Healthcare & Social Media Summit on 21 April 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), speakers who were doctors themselves cited the use of social media in teaching and learning.

According to Dr. Nomar Alviar of UP Manila National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions, maximizing social media is crucial in transmitting and constructing knowledge. Among the processes that social media can promote are feedback, interactivity, integration and reflection.

Dr. Alvia also cited that social media allows four interactivities such as with teachers, with other learners, with learning materials, and with one’s experiences. “Actually there are some teachers who use Twitter in teaching,” he added.

In using Twitter as a tool in teaching, Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan of UP Medical Informatics Unit, emphasized that Twitter can be used as platform to convey credible information sources to students.

Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan as she explains how Twitter can be used in classroom. 

Facebook [is] for connecting with people you went to school with, Twitter [is] for connecting to people you wish you went to school with,” she explained.

Citing the advantages of using Twitter in classroom, Dr. Isip-Tan said that maximizing Twitter leads to creating “real life” context for students, encouraging students to be creative by communicating with brevity and depth, and prompting self and group reflection.

Dr. Isip-Tan added that Twitter can be used for informal quizzes and polls and for setting up accounts for specific class or group.

However, she reminded the participants that setting ground rules for the use of Twitter is important. “You have to tell students that they should have full responsibility for their tweets,” she emphasized.

Aside from Twitter, the use of Tweetdeck, Pinterest, Periscope, Facebook Live, Youtube Live and Instagram were also recommended during the workshop.

The Education track is one of the six workshops conducted during the Summit. With the theme “Healthcare and Social Media: From click to brick,” the Summit brought together healthcare professionals, academe, healthcare industry, patients and advocates to forge partnerships that can help translate tweets, shares and likes to concrete action in transforming the country’s healthcare services. ■

PASAY CITY, Metro Manila- Dr. Willie Ong, a resident doctor of ABS-CBN’s Salamat Dok and a columnist of the Philippine Star, delivered the keynote address for the Healthcare Social Media Summit 2016 co-organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) and the #HealthXPh on 21 April 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

Dr. Willie Ong as he delivers his keynote address

On his keynote address, Dr. Willie Ong shared his experiences in writing newspaper articles and books, producing videos, making health advisories, and using social media as platform for promotion and dissemination of health information.

According to Dr. Ong, he aspires to save fifty thousand lives through his advocacy on making medicines affordable, sending advisories timely and effective, and providing basic laboratory test free for the poor.

In pushing for such an advocacy, he advised the summit participants to always find their purpose or mission, to think outside the box, to keep their momentum, to follow God’s laws, and to think big and never give up.

Dr. Ong also mentioned that his social media accounts such as his Facebook page has reached a total of one million likes already. His articles on health which he also posts on his page were also shared by more than 30,000 Facebook users.

As a celebrity doctor himself, he shared tips on how to increase Facebook likes and reach such as making the content of page original, unique and interesting, text short, and photos catchy. He also emphasized that timing and promotion of posts are crucial.

Post regularly. Talk with other friends to share your posts. Keep up with the news. Remember that posts have higher reach than shares. Check post status and follower’s profile. Be positive to everyone,” Dr. Ong advised.

In using social media for health, he also noted that it is important to expand health topics, find mentors, use ordinary language to break barriers in health belief, and be authentic.

The second Philippine Healthcare and Social Media Summit is organized to bring together healthcare professionals, academe, healthcare industry, patients, and advocates to forge partnerships that can help translate tweets, shares, and likes to concrete actions. ■

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will hold the first “Technology Transfer Day:Promoting Research and Outstanding Milestones in Innovation and Science for Entrepreneurship” on 27 April 2016 to highlight the journey of the Department and its partners in revolutionizing Filipino science and technology to be more relevant and responsive to the needs of the local industry.

With the passing of Philippine Technology Transfer Act of 2009 (Republic Act 10055), the DOST, through its partnerships and linkages among scientists, researchers, innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs and industry players, has raised its efforts in building an ecosystem for the transfer and adoption of Filipino technologies into the mainstream market.


DOST 1st Technology Transfer Day

The DOST Technology Transfer Day offers opportunities for investors, enterprises and organizations to capitalize on the solutions offered by our home-grown technologies in the areas of agricultural productivity, industry competitiveness, countryside development, environment and disaster risk reduction management, and quality healthcare.

Among the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)-supported technologies to be featured during the event are Axis Knee System, eHATID, RxBox, ReliefVent, OLTrap, and Biotek-M.

The Axis Knee System is the first and only knee system designed in the ASEAN region which allows access to knee replacement as it is 40-50% cheaper than imported brands. Through its innovative instrumentation and surgical technique, more surgeons can also perform knee surgery without the need to undergo one year fellowship programs. 

The eHealth TABLET for Informed Decision Making of LGUs (eHATID) is an android application which provides real time health information and a facility for direct communication between local chief executives and rural health units (RHUs). Works even without internet connection, eHATID provides decision-making support to LGUs in creating sound and evidence-based health policies and programs. 

The RxBox is a device which captures medical signals through built-in sensors, stores data in an electronic medical record (EMR), and transmits health information via internet. It enables diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of patients from geographically isolated and depressed areas of the country, thus reducing unnecessary travels and hospitalizations. 

The ReliefVent is a compact, easy-to-use, volume-cycled servo ventilator which embodies a self-diagnosis protocol for offsite malfunction troubleshooting. Powered by AC/DC back-up battery, ReliefVent can also be used as transport and home ventilator.

Works by attracting female mosquitoes to lay eggs on the paddle drenched with an organic solution, the Ovicidal/ Larvicidal Trap (OL Trap) is used to control the population of dengue-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito.

The Biotek-M Dengue Detection Kit is a confirmatory test for dengue diagnosis which is as accurate as the currently available Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technology yet less costly as it is locally developed. Designed to be used in hospitals, Biotek M would allow less admissions for dengue-suspected cases, therefore saving resources for both hospital and patients.

Aside from technologies that deliver quality healthcare services, local technologies in the areas of agricultural productivity, industry competitiveness, countryside development, and environment and disaster risk reduction management will also be showcased. A signing of memorandum of agreement and turn-over of Royalties and Fairness Opinion Report (FOR) will also be held.

The DOST Technology Transfer Day is organized by the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI). To those who are interested to attend the event, please contact Ms. Rosemarie Olaer,  Senior Science Research Specialist, at 8372071 loc. 2167. ■

MAKATI CITY, Metro Manila- The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), the Department of Health (DOH), and the SMART Communications, Inc. awarded three winners for the #ThinkOpenHealth Hackathon event on 16-17 April 2016 at the Asian Institute Management (AIM) Conference Center.

The winning teams who won cash prizes, assorted gadgets and opportunities to be incubated by DOH, PCHRD and SMART-IdeaSpace were Quantum Hackers, Chunky Monkeys, and Jeepers Creepers.

Team Quantum Hackers who won the gold award during the #ThinkOpenHealth

Team Quantum Hackers with members Norman Mascarinas, Kit Guial, and Junelle Bacong won the gold award with their Shine Herald, a mobile wireless sensor-based water quality testing device and application that tests the salinity (saltiness) and turbidity (cloudiness) of water samples.

Team Chunky Monkeys with members Elizabeth Milo, Craige Milo, Bernadette Milo and Loyd Ocampo received the silver award for their Omni Health System which makes electronic medical records (EMRs) of patients accessible even from a interplanetary file system.

Team Jeepers Creepers with members PJ Sales, Jon Tabac, and Paolo Balleza bagged the bronze award with their Hx Fact Finder application which connects primary health institutions such as community maternity clinics with larger health institutions such as city hospitals.

The #ThinkOpenHealth hackathon event brought together developers, doctors, nurses and students to help improve the local health sector through information and communications technology (ICT) solutions. The event was driven by the Philippine government’s mission on inclusive health through strengthening its eHealth strategy by SMART’s campaign on Technology for Development (Tech4D).

To guide the participants in pitching their programs, discussions from Dr. Kenneth Hartigan-Go, DOH Office for Health Regulation Undersecretary, Mr. Romel John Santos, SHINE OS+ Lead Architect and Software Engineer, Dr. Ma. Regina Justina Estuar, Ateneo Social Computing Science Laboratory Head, and Mr. James Mendoza, Maroon Studios Chief Executive Officer, were conducted.

Likewise, Ms. Diwa Del Mundo of SMART Communications shared tips on how developers could add more value to their concepts via Smart Money/ PayMaya while Mr. Carlo Calimon of IdeaSpace Foundation Philippines gave ways in marketing the ideas of participants.

The welcome remarks of Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, was delivered by Ms. Merlita Opeña, PCHRD Division Chief.

On his welcome remarks, Dr. Montoya cited that the eHealth Program is one of the primary strategies of PCHRD in achieving universal health care and in supporting the call for “Smarter Philippines.” The eHealth program makes it possible for people living in hard-to-reach areas of the country to receive healthcare services and information through ICT, he added.

As lead of the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS), PCHRD has supported promising eHealth technologies to achieve its vision of ensuring a healthy Filipino nation that benefit from research-based solutions and innovation,” he stated.

Among the technologies are RxBox, eHealth Tablet for Informed Decision Making of LGUs (eHATID LGU) and eHATID LGU Morbidity Boards in Geospatial Graphs (eHaMBinGG).

Aside from the discussions, participants of #ThinkOpenHealth were also mentored by technical, health, business, and legal areas experts. Special awards such as the SHINE OS+ Award, DOST-PCHRD Award, DOH Award, and Student Award were also given. ■

SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga- The RxBox, a Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)-supported technology, was featured during the “RDC-SCED Forum on DOST Technologies” organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region III on 12 April 2016 at NEDA III Conference Center, DM Government Center, Maimpis, San Fernando, Pampanga.


Ceremonial deployment of RxBox during “RDC-SCED Forum on DOST Technologies” 

The “RxBox,” a multi-component device developed by researchers from University of the Philippines (UP) and National Telehealth Center (NTC), provides better access to healthcare services in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas by allowing consultation between health workers in remote communities and medical experts in urban areas.

On her presentation, Dr. Portia Grace Marcelo, NTC Director, emphasized that RxBox is a suite of intervention for universal health care. 

It [RxBox] is about eHealth or the use of ICT in health. It is about country-side development or inclusive growth. It is about the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas of the rural and urban poor. It is about addressing national pressing concerns,” she explained.

Dr. Marcelo added that they are currently looking into commercialization and stimulation of more innovations through RxBox.

This is how we want the Philippines to go. We want to encourage more researches so we can develop something locally and use it really locally,” she said.

She also cited that RxBox was already used 48,000 times in the span of two years. Likewise, the latest version was also used by fifty hospitals in the span of only three months.

Dr. Kristine Mae Magtubo, RxBox Program Manager, also shared her experience with a mother who refused to go to a hospital because she cannot afford the expenses. She emphasized that RxBox is the answer to the helplessness of underprivileged people in accessing healthcare services.

Yung RxBox yung sagot sa helplessness na yun. There was something I can do for the mother. I can include my diagnosis of her. Kung kailangan ko ng tulong, pwede ko siya irefer to a clinical specialist sa Philippine General Hospital (PGH). Actually, I can report whatever it is na ginawa ko sa kanya dahil may electronic medical record,” she explained.

Other technologies presented during the Forum were “Carrageenan Plant Growth Promoter” by Dr. Gil Magsino of University of the Philippines Los Baños National Crop Protection Center, “Tactical Operative Amphibious Drive (TOAD) Vehicle by Dr. Tirso Ronquillo of Batangas State University and “Diwata: PH Microsatellite” by PHL-MICROSAT Team.

Ceremonial deployment of RxBox telehealth devices was also held during the Forum.

The “RDC-SCED Forum on DOST Technologies” is part of the two-day Science Nation Tour Central Luzon from 12-13 April 2016. ■