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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Ascendant Technologies Wins Takeda Digital Healthcare Innovation Challenge

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Congratulations to Ascendant Technologies for winning the Takeda Digital Healthcare Innovation Challenge (DHIC) with their product called "The Finder" - a cloud based Electronic Medical Record Solution which can catch red flags in a basic patient examination and forward them to the doctor specialists for further examination.

The winner, a team of 3 doctors, a nurse and a psychologist, went home with a USD 10,000 check to be used in whatever purpose they want with no obligation or deliverable required from them. However, they also get the chance to work with Takeda Pharmaceuticals International and Takeda Healthcare Philippines to further develop their solutions.

The pitching of 10 finalists was held at the Asian Institute of Management Conference Center on August 6, 2016. A press conference was held a few hours before the pitching session were members of the media got the opportunity to inquire from the key personalities who helped organized the event.

The finalists include six from the Philippines, two from USA, one from Malaysia and one from Thailand. DHIC is a HealthTech pitching competition sponsored by Takeda Healthcare Philippines, Inc. with technical assistance from HealthTech is a term generally used to define software or tech-enabled solutions geared for the healthcare industry.

Part 1 of our coverage of the Takeda Digital Healthcare Innovation Challenge press conference. More videos at our official YouTube channel at

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Following the open call for submission of applicants from around the world last May 10 to June 27, 2016, Takeda DHIC chose the top 10 entries with the most suitable and most relevant tech solutions for Oncology.

The finalists include a variety of mobile and web solutions from electronic medical records, to early cancer detection and diagnosis, telemedicine, wellness platform, e-prescription and blood donation platform.

The press conference panel was composed of Tina Amper, founder of; Dr. Gia Sison, Chief Medical Officer of Global TeleHealth Inc.; Gabriel Georgy, President and General Manager of Takeda Healthcare Philippines; Dr. Iris Thiele Isip Tan, Professor of the UP College of Medicine; Jay Fajardo, Founder and CEO of LaunchGarage and ProudCloud; and Farouk Meralli, CO and Founder of mClinica.

The Takeda DHIC is an initiative of Takeda Healthcare Philippines, Inc. (THPI)- a wholly-owned subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceuticals International GMBH, a Swiss Company. THPI imports pharmaceutical products in finished and semi-finished form. They are present in several therapeutic areas like gastroenterology, respiratory and inflammatory diseases, cardiology, oncology, women’s health, tissue management, and pain management.

Takeda’s vision is to improve patients’ lives through leading innovations in medicine. The patient is at the core of everything that Takeda does. Their focus is to reach more Filipino patients. Takeda is committed to innovation and they are doing this in the Philippines by introducing the latest cutting edge in medicine and utilizing digital technologies. Also part of their commitment to innovation is to support the local tech startups.

The Takeda DHIC was implemented with the technical assistance of - a non-profit organization and Innovation Consultant that promotes the technology and startup industries in the Philippines.

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