February 29, 2024

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MedTech Revolutionising Healthcare in Singapore

More Singapore hospitals and medical start-ups are introducing cutting-edge medical technology that is saving lives and enhancing the quality of life for individuals who require long-term medical care, such as asthma patients and wheelchair users.

Medtech design is a highly specialised subject that considers not only aesthetics but also factors of user experience such as patient safety, cost-effectiveness, and equipment and product efficiency.

The initial stage of the Alexandra Virtual Hospital (AVH) development plan involves virtual nursing. This is Singapore’s first full-scale remote hospital, combining digital health services, IoMT, digital therapies, and care navigation technology to deliver continuous and coordinated treatment both within and outside the physical hospital.

The virtual nurse does not replace the bedside nurse but rather provides additional assistance in care coordination and data-driven decision-making that does not require physical interaction, allowing care to be proactive rather than reactive.

When combined with data visualisation, clinical intelligence will increase overall efficiency, minimise redundancy, and improve coordination within the institution. The connected smart bed is a feature of the new Smart Ward’s IoMT ecosystem.

Alexandra Hospital is Singapore’s only hospital that employs smart beds as a gateway to connect other IoMT devices. Each bed has alerts that notify nurses electronically whenever a patient attempts to get out of bed.

A separate environment thrives on the grounds of Alexandra Hospital, which houses the NUHS Centre for Innovation in Healthcare (CIH). The centre serves as a one-stop shop for innovations that improve the quality of treatment provided to NUHS patients.

The Whizz, which aids asthma patients, and the Spectra IMDx, an optical biopsy equipment that detects gastric cancer, are two of its market-ready technologies. The Whizz simplifies medication administration and routine to assist patients in achieving effective asthma control. It gives consumers visual feedback that promotes optimal medicine inhalation with each breath. This guarantees that medication reaches the lungs rather than the back of the throat.

During the endoscopy, Spectra IMDx, an artificial intelligence-enabled optical equipment that will give clinicians real-time diagnosis of stomach cancer, will be able to distinguish between pre-cancer and non-cancer lesions. In a typical endoscopy, the device supplements regular white light and helps eliminate unwanted biopsies.

When an 800kg Da Vinci surgical robot with shiny white arms and eight joints was deployed to Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital nearly two decades ago, it practically cut operation time in half for most patients. The robot-aided in precision, and there was no need for a blood transfusion due to decreased bleeding, resulting in a shorter hospital stay for patients.

The range of motion of the robot is critical in keyhole surgery, which is minimally invasive as opposed to open surgery, which can be somewhat “bloody.” The Robotic Knee System, a robot-assisted knee replacement procedure recognised as a significant improvement in the field of orthopaedics, is another recent MedTech innovation at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

It improves the precision and personalisation of knee replacement treatments by integrating enhanced imaging, accurate surgical planning, and robotic arm help.

Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the country’s oldest hospital, has set its sights on the future using 3D-printed guides that improve surgical precision and accuracy. These guidelines are employed in advanced head and neck operations, as well as cardiac and reconstructive procedures. Before an operation, surgeons can practice surgical procedures and size implants using 3D-printed surgical models.

Singapore believes that advances in medical technology result in more precise diagnostics, superior treatment options, and better patient monitoring. Better patient outcomes, lower mortality rates, and improved quality of life for people with various medical diseases are the effects of this.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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