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Operation Smile mobile app now on Android!


There’s a new Android application that can be used to help in the treatment of cleft patients.  Developed by the Ateneo Java Wireless Center for Smart Communications, Inc., the new mobile app will be used to serve patients in remote areas being treated by Operation Smile, a worldwide charity organization that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children.

Originally developed for Java-enabled phones, the Op Smile mobile app for Android will make the same available to smartphones running on the Android operating system.

With the app, Operation Smile volunteers can take photos of patients using a mobile phone camera, key in patient information, and send the data to a central web-based database that specialists can later access.  Doctors can then make an initial diagnosis, provide initial therapy to prepare patients for treatment later on.

With over 4,000 kids born with cleft conditions in the Philippines every year, the mobile app is seen paving the way for the treatment of more beneficiaries in the country.  The app would be used in a series of missions in Naga, Cebu, Cavite, Cagayan de Oro, Koronadal, General Santos, Pampanga and Manila to commemorate Operation Smile’s 30th year.

Smart’s involvement with the organization began in 2005 and for this year’s anniversary celebration dubbed “The Journey Home,” the telco is once again working with Operation Smile Philippines to achieve the goal of providing an estimated 1,500 cleft surgeries and at least 3,000 dental treatments.

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