Singapore is leading in Southeast Asia for digital healthcare. In addition to the strong internet connection and high smartphone penetration that allow Singaporeans to be early adopters of technology, the country’s success is also due to the government’s active promotion and adoption of innovation in healthcare – including putting data security regulations into place. Three interesting examples of transforming technology in Singapore’s health sector are as follows.
The Health Cloud (H-Cloud) is a project of Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) with Schneider Electric to provide a single platform to store and consolidate all patient electronic medical records (EMRs). Clinicians can access, analyse, and update patient EMRs real-time and in a secure way, ensuring a faster, cheaper, greener, and highly accurate data management system. The platform is now used by more than 40,000 healthcare workers in seven medical clusters across the country. In 2015, the initiative won Cloud End User Innovation Award at the Datacloud Congress in Monaco.
Aunty Sal is a chatbot that helps users filter information related to aged care. As Singapore’s elderly population is expected to double by 2030, this technology will be highly beneficial for caregivers. Through the app, all aged-care related services can be accessed on one platform, from finding daily meal caterers to making home or clinic appointments. The app is also linked to government social services, so caregivers can access information on available financial assistance.
Hanalytics is a startup that focuses on artificial intelligence (AI) applications in healthcare. It has been developing AI to help improve doctors’ diagnoses, particularly on eye conditions and heart diseases. Recently, Hanalytics sets up the world’s first AI research centre for neurology in China, in collaboration with Beijing Tiantan Hospital. The research centre will explore the potential of AI in medical imaging, to assist doctors in their diagnosis of brain tumours and cerebrovascular disease. This technology will not only be a useful tool for doctors but also Singapore’s scientists who can expore its data and – ultimately – patients who can enjoy reduced medical costs.
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