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Filipino start-up app to promote paperless storage of patient’s health records

A patient-centric start-up application is looking to bolster the usage of virtual storage of personal health data history in the Philippines, directed to simplify children’s health data management.

Launched three days ahead of Mother’s Day, May 9, the MILA app is a platform for parents that will “seamlessly” keep track of their children’s medical records, and appointments with healthcare providers. 

The app was founded from a capstone project in the completion of the masteral degree of its founders, namely, engineer Faustino ‘Bam’ Salvador Jr., chief marketing officer Ma. Jezzika Kierulf, chief operations officer Darl Brean Abrea, Dr. chief product officer Ronel Calpo, and chief project offiver Albert Josepg Acejo. 

Engineer Salvador, who is also the CEO of the MILA app, said that the app was designed to provide mothers with “convenient access” to the medical records of their families in one, secure digital storage. 

“It is more than just a digital tool; it’s a way for mothers to remain organized and proactive about their family’s needs,” Salvador said. 

The app is mainly targets to support mothers as they are considered the  “healthcare records manager” of the family.

Moreover, the app is funded by Pulse 63, the healthcare venture arm of Kaya Founders, and has ensured the safeness of records uploaded by its users.

The founders of app realize that health records are rather sensitive data than any other data. Thus, they knew that they needed a stronger security posture for its application

Security for sensitive data

Unlike other apps, where all data is stored in one place, Pulse 63’s managing director, Abdul Paravengal, said that they have split management of data for MILA app’s case. 

For example , whether there is one or 50 compartments, there has to be an input or a unique identifier to extract data from their database. Paravengal likened it to passport numbers for when trying to pass through immigration at the airport.

“In Mila’s case, it’s your login ID. Now, you can use the login ID to get one small piece of your information pulled from compartment one,” He said.

“But that is not 100% of the information you have on Mila. Because we have compartmentalized, you use the email ID as a unique identifier to extract data from the database.” 

He explained that, in order to access other compartments, the person trying to hack it needs to key in another personal information from other compartments to enter. 

“Here, that’s how we have kind of complicated it. The unique identifier keeps moving in our case because once you’ve got email ID, then we’re saying, ‘no, we don’t want you to crack this.’ So we keep changing the unique identifiers as well,” he said. 

Moreover, the managing director said that their firm is proud to provide “robust” support to the creation of the application.  

The MILA app is not yet soon be available on Google Playstore and the Apple Store, as it is still under review. While the approval is yet to come, the founders encourage the public to go to their website and download the APK version for the meantime.