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Telco’s mHealth program enters LTE Awards finals

08:39 AM June 14, 2012

SECURED Health Information Network and Exchange (SHINE), the flagship mHealth program of Smart Communications Inc. that provides better access to health care services in the Philippines, has gained international recognition once again.

A hosted electronic health information and referral system accessible by a java-capable phone or a computer with internet connectivity, SHINE was recently shortlisted at  the LTE Awards 2012 under the Most Significant Development for Commercial LTE Network by an Operator category.

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Smart launched its pilot LTE site in April 2011 in the island of Boracay, and has since fired up over thirty LTE sites in various Philippine locations, where SHINE services are available. LTE (long-term evolution) is the world’s fastest mobile broadband technology capable of download speeds of up to 100Mbps.

SHINE enables doctors, nurses and midwives to record patient encounters, easily find and retrieve patient records, remind patients and healthcare providers, facilitate referrals among facilities, and generate government required reports.

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The service—being a product of a public-private collaboration of Smart, the Department of Health, local government units and non-governmental organizations—is designed and implemented considering the needs of different players in the healthcare ecosystem. Just last month, SHINE received the Best Community Telecom Project at the 15th Telecom Asia Awards in Bangkok, Thailand.

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