Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC)

In-Motion Robotics & other medical breakthroughs
By Nico Erle Ciriaco

Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) opens its Hand Center and goes hi-tech with mobile app (for touch-screen phones) and In-Motion robotics; the latter as a convalescence gadget for stroke victims.
“Mobile technology is now an integral part of modern lives. Smartphones and on-line technology link us to the rest of the world 24-hours a day. This is why we are utilizing mobile apps to make our health services easily accessible, wherever a patient may be. And we’re just scratching the surface here. The practical applications are only limited by our imagination,” declared president & CEO Atty. Pilar Nenuca R. Almira.
Always at the forefront of offering top of the line health services and the application of contemporary technology in healthcare, CSMC launched smartphone applications to their medical services catalog, to provide patients with convenience & care.
“We are proud to be the first to bring this kind of curative treatment in the country. Our expert staff is composed of highly-rated physicians who accomplished specialized training in hand care here and abroad,” added Atty. Almira.
Much like all other CSMC health service providers, the Hand Center is seen as a one-stop-shop for all ailments and alleviation with the upper limbs. The launch opened the door to offer treatment options to the most overused part of the human body, and thus the most prone to injury.
“The Philippine Gamma Center herein is one of a kind in the whole country. 2013 heralds our corporate sponsors – the HMOs. We would have off-site clinics and stand-alone facilities to further widen our reach. We will also have a breakthrough in our CSR efforts through our foundation. That, plus all the local and international accreditation assures that our approach is synergistic. We also have the highest IT standards,” intimated the newly-installed chief executive.
The CSMC Hand Center recognizes the essential role of hand mobility and function, and provides comprehensive treatment from the fingers upward. It is also equipped with the newest diagnostic systems for determining accurate identification of the nature of hand illnesses or other problems; such as traumatic injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, reconstruction of untreated injuries and complications, tendon as well as peripheral nerve injuries and functional loss.
“We are dedicated to the care and preservation of the upper extremities – hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder – from the end of the fingers to the end of the shoulders; dispensing our expertise with the department of rehabilitation medicine in hand therapy.
“Common injuries include dislocations, amputations, fractures and in-born abnormalities as well as arthritis that come with age. Common infections, on the other hand, start with the bacteria family and affect the skin, bones, muscle-tendons, peripheral nerves, branches and vascular structures. In taking complete care of the ‘eye of the hand’ and the prehensile grip, we employ flaps for fingers and no to grafts, shortening and amputation. Early motion is best for fractures,” shared hand center head Dr. Leo Daniel Caro,
Moreover, the center also offers robotic solutions for rehabilitation therapy – a first in the Philippines! Developed through research in medical engineering at the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), CSMC recently required In-Motion robots that provide rehabilitation technology for the therapy of patients with stroke, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological conditions.
The recently acquired technology provides advanced rehabilitation for the hands, shoulders, and arms for those afflicted with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. In-Motion robots facilitate motor learning by continually challenging the patient and encouraging active effort through precise and intensive exercises. The equipment is interactive and is able to respond to a patient’s changing ability and capacity.
“Neuroplasticity has been around since the 1850s as a biological substrate to neuro-rehabilitation. The compulsory mechanics bring back normalcy. Plasticity is equated to function or the ability to move. We simply reorganize the brain function and train it to do something new through constant repetition.
“In-Motion robotics is a new therapy treatment for patients who experienced strokes, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. In short, these are robots for rehabilitation. Infarctions are survivable, depending on early intervention. Severity is dependent on the locality of the attack. Strokes have its concomitant disabilities,” intoned Dr. Ofelia B. Luna-Reyes, chair of the department of rehabilitation medicine.
Among the practical applications of CSMC’s pioneering mobile apps include allowing clients to immediately get connected to the hospital’s emergency room, information desk, customer service, scheduling procedures, home service (Cardinal on Wheels or COW) and the wellness clinic. The mobile app is now available as a free download on Google’s Play Store, and soon on IOS.
“Blood sampling and electrocardiogram (EKG) are some of the procedures under COW that could be done right at your own homes. The hospital is patient-centric in its application of continual care. ‘Cardinal Santos’ is the first mobile app in the Philippines for hospitals; so patients can get in touch with us whenever, especially during emergencies. Additional features are in the pipeline; such as downloading lab results from tests taken and being reminded of the next doctor appointment. There are two such apps existing in Asia right now; the other one is in Korea. We will be adding two more CSMC sites in Metro Manila soon,” enthused chief information officer Allan Bacallan, during a tour to the presidential suites which, by the way, affords a panoramic view of the Wack-Wack golf course. Room with a view indeed!
CSMC is one of the leading hospitals in the archipelago in the fields of brain, spine, the heart, cancer, and minimally invasive surgery. It is also known for its expertise in Pediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pulmonary Medicine, Nephrology, Urology, and Rehabilitation Medicine. The hospital employs a comprehensive care approach to all specializations.
CSMC is a modern, tertiary hospital and academic institution. Managed by Colinas Verdes Hospital Management Corp. (CVHMC) under Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), its sister companies include Makati Medical Center, Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, De Los Santos-STI Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center, Davao Doctors Hospital, Meralco, Maynilad Water Services, and the Manila North Tollways Corp.
CSMC is located at 10 Wilson St., Greenhills West, San Juan City. The hospital hopes to be the choice of physicians, patients, personnel and partners. For more information, simply call their 24/7 trunkline 727-0001 and/or visit their Web site, The 24/7 ambulance service no. is 727-0052.


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