The Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC), Quezon City, Philippines, and Smart Communications, Makati City, won the Outstanding Partners award from the Physicians for Peace (PfP-Philippines) for the Amputee Screening via Cellphone Networking (ASCENT) mobile application, according to an article in the Inquirer News.
The mobile application was developed by AJWCC in 2010 in partnership with Smart, the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), Manila, and PfP-Philippines to make screenings for people with amputations accessible even for patients in far-flung communities. It has been deployed numerous times in various medical missions throughout the country.
ASCENT allows physicians to give real-time evaluation and advice on prosthesis use via Smart mobile phones. Physicians and other health professionals can also receive data, including photos of the patient, via general packet radio service/third generation (GPRS/3G). The data is then sent via Smart mobile broadband to a website that can be accessed by volunteer physicians from PfP-Philippines.
The award ceremonies coincided with the celebration of the Philippines’ 34th National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Month, held July 17–23.