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SINGAPORE REPORT: IMDA partners with non-profit organisations and IT providers for smart healthcare delivery

TGLC offers a self-health monitoring service for pro-active care while SATA trials its telehealth solutions

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One in five Singaporeans will be 65 or over by 2030
One in five Singaporeans will be 65 or over by 2030

The newly formed Media Development Authority (IMDA) in Singapore has announced that it has partnered with two non-profit organisations to improve healthcare delivery at home and in the wider community.


The Good Life Co-operative (TGLC) and SATA Commhealth (SATA), with IT solutions providers Philips Healthcare and Napier Healthcare solutions will be deploying IoT based sensors to enable care delivery both at home and the community.


TGLC is joining forces with the People’s Association (PA) to run a programme that includes health screening, health literacy level awareness, immunisation services and subsidised medical supplies through bulk purchase.


In conjunction with Philips Healthcare, TGLC will be developing a health monitoring self-help kiosk that will give weight and blood pressure readings initially, but which will extend to other vital signs in time. This will be deployed to support 200 community users, and if successful, TGLC will work with PA to scale this to other constituencies in Singapore.


SATA will be giving IoT devices to patients at home trialling continuity of care and early intervention. Sixty patients in the Chai Chee area of the city will cover different aspects of telehealth including the connected monitoring of vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse rate, blood oxygen levels, blood glucose and weight; tele-consultation and tele-rehabilitation. If successful, this telehealth solution, developed by Napier, will be extended to six of its clinics in Singapore. The company is looking to export this solution to overseas markets including the US and Middle East and has recently concluded a sale to an Australian nursing home.


The use of sensors as wearables, mobile IoT and ambient devices for health monitoring allows patients more independence and the chance to stay in their own homes for longer. They also reduce the number of visits and admissions to healthcare facilities and alleviate patient load.


Managing health with the help of technology will be vital to Singapore which has an ageing population. The number of Singaporeans of 65 and over will triple to 900, 000 by 2030, which represents one in five. It is estimated that 117,000 of these seniors will be semi or non ambulant with 80,000 living alone.


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