Embracing Digital: Providing A Solutions-Oriented Approach to the Healthcare System

Embracing Digital: Providing A Solutions-Oriented Approach to the Healthcare System

Social impact incubator and global changemakers network Impact Hub Manila (IHM) opens the registration for this year’s Impact Hackathon.

Innovators, and aspiring change makers and entrepreneurs from all over the country can now sign up to participate in the week-long event that aims to solve some of the current challenges in the Philippines. Impact
Hackathon will run online from August 17 to 21, 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted an urgent need for innovation and digitalization in the country. Now that the Philippine economy is in the brink of a recession, this year’s Impact Hackathon is geared towards rebooting the economy through inclusive digital innovations.

What to expect in the week-long hackathon

Participants get to choose their area of focus among 5 verticals: Climate Change, Education, Food and Agriculture, Health and Wellness, and Smart Cities. Partners for each vertical will pose problem statements for the participants to hack, through viable tech solutions.

 

The goal of each participating team in the hackathon is to create minimum viable products (MVPs) by the end of the hackathon week. Winning ideas will be incubated by IHM and its partners who will also support the scaling of the projects to ensure impact and sustainability.

 

Winners will take home over 100,000 USD worth of prizes, including access to IHM’s incubation program and global network of experts and entrepreneurs.

 

Capitalizing on Impact Hub’s global network of mentors, industry leaders, impact-driven entrepreneurs, and changemakers, IHM will conduct a series of Learning Sessions throughout July. These sessions will equip participants with relevant information for the innovations they will come up with during the hackathon. These will also serve as a platform for rich discussions and network-building among participants, mentors, and partners.

 

Impact Hackathon will culminate in a festival titled, “2050 Fest” where experts, industry leaders, and collaborators will come together for panel discussions and the announcement of winners.

Timeline

July 1: Opening of Registration Portal 

August 17: Opening Program 

August 18-21: Hackathon proper and Learning Sessions 

August 22-23: Jury Deliberation 

August 24: “2050 Fest” Culmination Program 

August 25: Announcement of National Winners

Catalyzing digital transformation and social innovation

 

Impact Hackathon is part of Impact 2050, a multi-year program designed by IHM to create large-scale economic impact through cultivating the Philippine’s startup and innovation ecosystem. 

 

Long-term sustainable solutions to build a resilient nation are much needed in these times. Through digital solutions and impact-driven entrepreneurship, the program also aims to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that ensures no person and no community are left behind in pursuit of sustainable development. 

 

Partners from Impact Hackathon 2019 will be back to support this year’s hackathon along with new collaborators such as iProcure, the Office of Senator Francis Pangilinan, and the Department of Agriculture among others.

 

Register for Impact Hackathon and learn more about the program through www.impact2050.com (link). 

 

About Impact Hub Manila 

Impact Hub Manila is a social impact incubator and a network of impact-driven entrepreneurs and changemakers. Five years since it opened its doors in the Philippines, IHM has directly supported over 500 entrepreneurs, reached over 20,000 individuals through its events, training, incubation programs, and funneled over 1 million USD – worth of grants and entrepreneurial support. The Impact Hub network is present in 100 cities and 56 countries worldwide. The United Nations in Geneva recognizes IHM as a key driver for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Visit http://www.impact2050.com/hackathon for more information.

 

For inquiries and partnership, e-mail manila@impacthub.net. 

Website: www.impacthub.ph

System gaps have been identified in Philippine healthcare which may be addressed by the use of technology thus, the call for innovative solutions in order to deliver better healthcare services and better healthcare access to the people. As we transition to the new normal, the big shift to digital platforms presents opportunities.

 

On August 10, Impact Hub Manila hosted its 2nd learning session for this year’s Impact Hackathon.  Under the Health & Wellness vertical, an overview of the Philippine healthcare system was provided and key information on the areas requiring innovative solutions was discussed.

 

Presenters who shared their insights and expertise during the webinar included 

  • Dr. Jimmy Galvez-Tan, the former secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) and chairman of Health Futures Foundation, 

 

  • Dr. Julian Montano, clinical supervisor of In Touch Community Services, and 

 

  • Ms. Noemi Azura, the president and CEO of InLife Health Care.

 

Ces Rondario, Founder & CEO of Impact Hub Manila, introduced Dr. Jimmy Galvez-Tan who gave hot takes on the health and wellness industry when he said:  “Innovations are limited only to a few doctors and hospitals, as mostly whatever is there in the system is what we work with”. 

 

He further said, “Some of the pain points of the industry are the lack of an electronic booking system that tracks and updates doctor-patient appointments in real time and the lack of accountability and follow-through in terms of patient management and monitoring. Given that the leading cause of death in the Philippines are diseases such as diabetes and heart attack, there is a need for a digital program that monitors one’s behavior such as changes in sleeping and eating habits.”

 

Another important aspect of the pandemic that is not given much attention is mental health. Dr. Julian Montano mentioned that “From the onset of the health crisis up until today, there have been massive spikes in cases of depression, suicide, and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). In Touch Community Services, a leading mental health services provider in the Philippines, sees a highly increasing need for crisis prevention management, counseling, and educational programs for mental health. During this pandemic, we offer a 24/7 crisis line service in response to the increasing number of calls, and we work with different entities that want to set up their own crisis line centers as a way of being able to reach out to more people. Through telehealth, our mental health services were able to give frontliners an emotional respite by debriefing and equipping them with mental toughness skills, teaching them how to perform well under pressure, how to regulate their emotions, and how to take care of themselves.”

 

“We should not forget that we are all naturally resilient, and that this is our first line of defense. Since we are all in the same boat, let us all be kind to ourselves and to one another,” Dr. Montano further said.

 

To give an example of how a health and wellness company has coped with the pandemic, Ms. Noemi Azura, CEO of InLife Health Care, talked about how her company has managed to capitalize on its digital capabilities and healthcare solutions. InLife Health Care (IHC) is a health maintenance organization (HMO) that provides insurance coverage to individuals, families, and corporations. Ms. Azura emphasized how technology has enabled their business to serve its clients amid the pandemic. Some of these include scaling up its call center services, the use of telehealth and telemedicine, and the launch of its mobile app. It has also benefited from its move to embracing its e-commerce arm, IHC Online Store, where consumers can find its products. More importantly, they were able to create a more affordable emergency care solution with their creation of a health voucher that reduces the potential costs for hospital billings. In its mission to deliver positive social impact, IHC has included  pandemic-related diseases to its list of insurance coverages.

 

For the Q&A portion, the speakers identified the main problems in Philippine healthcare and gave ideas on priorities to focus. 

Ms. Azura shared that innovators can bridge a gap on the challenge of driving technological adoption to both doctors and clients such as:

(1) an electronic claims capture and

(2) embracing the use of fintech payment systems as means of making transactions faster and more efficient.

 

In closing the webinar, Ces Rondario said “There has to be a holistic approach to health and it is the responsibility of everyone to advocate for the right things in our healthcare industry. This is why we call our innovators to bridge the gaps in this sector.”

 

Impact Hackathon 2020

 

The goal of the Impact Hackathon 2020 is to catalyze innovation, support entrepreneurs, and create solutions for a more digitized and resilient nation. It involves the collaboration of public and private institutions and organizations, communities, innovators, entrepreneurs, and the startup community. For more details, visit Impact Hackathon 2020.

 

About Impact Hub Manila

 

Impact Hub Manila is a social impact incubator and a network of impact-driven entrepreneurs and changemakers. Five years since it opened its doors in the Philippines, IHM has directly supported over 500 entrepreneurs, reached over 20,000 individuals through its events, training, incubation programs, and funneled over 1 million USD – worth of grants and entrepreneurial support. The Impact Hub network is present in 100 cities and 56 countries worldwide. The United Nations in Geneva recognizes IHM as a key driver for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

 

Visit https://www.impact2050.com/impact-hackathon/ for more information. 

 

For inquiries and partnership, e-mail manila@impacthub.net

Website: https://impacthub.ph/

Join us as Impact Hub Manila celebrates its 5th Anniversary the entire month of June. Tune in for more events, programs, and engagements. 

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