By Ada Loreen de Castro and Mara Angeli Cadiz
The MSEUF team Elaborators raised the flag of excellence loudly and proudly with their entry MyMDLab, a mobile and digital laboratory application, that copped fourth place and adjudged most well liked in the final pitching of the Philippine Startup Challenge (PSC) 4 in Green Sun Hotel, Chino Roces Ave., Makati City on April 6. The PSC 4 shortlisted 10 projects, 3 each from Luzon and Visayas and four from Mindanao, that show “big ideas from small ideas.”
It is the first time in four years of the PSC that MSEUF fielded a representative in the national round. From 202 entries around the country, down to 25 finalists for the semi-finals, and finally the top 10 of PSC 4, MyMDLab has proven the possibility of making laboratory services available in the confines of the patient’s home. Negotations are underway for the app’s commercialization.
The Elaborators are Anne Charlene Salazar (CBA), Maria Victoria Depusoy and Ivy Coleen Lacerna (CCMS). Mr. Raymond Bermudez is the team’s mentor. MyMDLab is the only representative of Region IV-A Calabarzon to advance to the final round.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), and industry partners Ideaspace Philippines, Huawei Technologies Philippines, Microsoft, and the Philippine Society of IT Educators (PSITE), organized the Philippine Startup Challenge for college students to think of ideas and to develop the inner worth of technology.
The Backstory of MyMDLab
MyMDLab’s success has not been the smoothest ride. The group has been rejected numerous times by medical laboratories and patients who questioned the capability of the technology. MSEUF originally had five different teams with five different startup ideas. Back then, this startup was supposed to be an idea to provide a centralized avenue for certifications and was modified to an application that would serve as a personal aid for professionals dubbed as ‘MyProCompass’.
MyMDLab started from an idea when Salazar’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and she needed to undergo the usual lab tests, travel from Quezon to Manila not even knowing that they need a long time to wait for their turn in the queue.
Also, her grandmother was diagnosed with colon cancer and didn’t bother to take lab tests because she was already a senior citizen who cannot handle strenuous travel to avail of lab services. These personal experiences became the rationale that inspired MyMDLab.
Getting a lab test and waiting for its result both take time. The app will ease the waiting and traveling time of patients that often aggravate their medical condition during laboratory tests. No wonder, the app was a hit and most liked in the PSC.
MyMDLab’s Key Features
MyMDLab has high hopes of making a patient’s life a little easier. It recommends the nearest laboratory as an avenue to book lab tests either for oneself or for a relative.
It also provides a channel for routine analysis to keep track of one’s health status maintaining the patients’ laboratory test history, making it accessible when needed and transmitting the results to the patient; thus, eliminating the need to go back and forth to the medical facility and giving a medium for hospitals and laboratories to cater to a wide range of outpatients.
The team struck a partnership with MMG Plaza and Lucena Diagnostic Center together with the support of the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs to test the application.
MyMDLab proved its point: that healthcare services can be delivered at one’s doorstep and that patients can avail of laboratory services without leaving the safety and security of their homes.