Archive for the ‘Healthcare’ Category

DPM Says Innovation Key to Overcome “Iron Triangle” of Healthcare

Monday, November 7th, 2022

DPM Heng Swee Keat reiterated the importance of innovation to help the nation overcome the “Iron Triangle” of healthcare – cost, accessibility and quality. He was addressing the attendees of CHI Innovate 2022 via a recorded speech to open the annual flagship conference for the Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI).

Heng Swee Keat is the Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies.

Heng Swee Keat is the Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies.

Noting that innovation is key to overcoming the “iron triangle” of cost, accessibility and quality of healthcare, DPM Heng said that just as important as research and innovation is the translation of innovation into impact – which corresponded with the theme for this year’s CHI Innovate: “The Road from Innovation to Impact”.

DPM shared three ways of achieving greater impact in healthcare innovation.

  1. Innovation at the systems level
  2. Innovation in the use of technology
  3. Fostering an innovative workplace culture

Check out the details of DPM Heng’s speech from the script below.

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Event: CHI Innovate 2022 Conference Showcases Collaborations between Healthcare and Partners

Friday, November 4th, 2022

The Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), part of Tan Tock Seng Hospital, today held its annual flagship event – CHI Innovate 2022 – with the theme “The Road from Innovation to Impact”.

The CHI Innovate 2022 will discuss how healthcare innovations can be up-sized, re-focused and made more engaging, to deliver better value and impact to the people served.

The CHI Innovate 2022 will discuss how healthcare innovations can be up-sized, re-focused and made more engaging, to deliver better value and impact to the people served.

More than 500 healthcare professionals participated in this year’s CHI Innovate, an annual thought leadership forum by local and overseas healthcare leaders on creating the future of healthcare together.

The Guest of Honour for the event is Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies.

Keynote Speaker is Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & Information and Ministry of Health.

Pursuing Excellence- National HIP

This year, there were nearly 100 submissions for the National Healthcare Innovation and Productivity (HIP) Medals, an award sponsored by the Ng Teng Fong Healthcare Innovation Programme and supported by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Eight winning projects are recognised for their excellence in Care Redesign, Automation, IT and Robotics Innovation, Workforce Transformation, and Adoption.

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New Arrival: Oppo Band 2 Wearable Fitness Watch in Singapore

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

The Oppo Band 2 (S$99) will hit the shelves in Singapore tomorrow (23 September 2022) on Oppo’s Amazon, Lazada, Qoo10, Shopee and TikTok flagship stores, authorised retailers, and partner consumer electronic stores.

The Oppo Band 2 ships in Blue or Black and sports a 1.57-inch AMOLED screen, with 256 x 402 resolution and 302 ppi pixel density.

The Oppo Band 2 ships in Blue or Black and sports a 1.57-inch AMOLED screen, with 256 x 402 resolution and 302 ppi pixel density.

The Oppo Band 2 is equipped with a 6-axis motion sensor, as well as heart rate and blood oxygen sensors.

With up to 100 workout modes, the newest mode is the tennis mode, which recognises various tennis strokes and records five types of data: strokes, racket swings, activity duration, heart rate, and calories burned.

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Event: Philips Wonder of You Showcase for Personal Health

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

Philips showcased a slew of personal grooming devices as part of its “Wonder of You” campaign to promote its roadmap for personal health.

 

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“At Philips, our mission is to improve people’s lives through meaningful innovation. We believe in personalised care by developing human-centric, adaptive health technology that meaningfully contributes to people’s unique health and well-being journey … Philips’ personalised solutions continue to empower people across the region to take a more proactive ownership of their preventive health and lifestyles, supporting their health for the long-term,” said Deeptha Khanna, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Leader, Philips Personal Health.

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, outlined its strategy in personal health and well-being to address Asia’s health challenges.

“Innovations like our recently introduced Sonicare 9900 Prestige adapt to each individual and are designed to help address people’s unique healthcare needs. This approach is especially relevant in Asia, where a growing population and a greater emphasis on health and well-being are re-shaping people’s health priorities,” said Deeptha Khanna, Executive Vice President and Chief Business Leader, Philips Personal Health.

Philips’ Personal Health innovation roadmap for 2022 and beyond emphasises on delivering personalised health solutions that enable healthier lifestyles.

The “Wonder of You” showcase by Philips included innovations in oral healthcare, beauty, male grooming, and mother & childcare.

The aim is to invite consumers in Asia to discover more about the wonder of their bodies and how health technologies can better partner them in achieving their best health.

The showcase included the following personal grooming products.

  • Philips Sonicare 9900 Prestige electric toothbrush (S$499)
  • Philips Sonicare Cordless Power Flosser 3000 (S$219)
  • Philips Hair Dryer Prestige (S$259)
  • Philips Straightener Prestige (S$259)
  • Philips Shaver S9000 Prestige (S$699)
  • Philips Avent Twin Electric Breast Pump (S$599)
  • Philips Avent Pregnancy+ App (free)

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New Arrival: Huawei Band 7 and Huawei Sound Joy in Singapore

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

The Huawei Band 7 (S$88) is the company’s thinnest and lightest smart band to date while the Huawei Sound Joy (S$188) was co-engineered with audio technology company Devialet. Available in Singapore from 4 July, 2022. Launch promotions below.

The new Huawei Band 7 and Huawei Sound Joy.

The new Huawei Band 7 and Huawei Sound Joy.

The two latest gadgets to hit Singapore shelves are targeted towards the outgoing with an active lifestyle.

The Huawei Band 7 measures only 9.99mm, weighs a mere 16g (with strap), and ships with 96 workout modes and 24/7 comprehensive health monitoring features for all fitness levels.

The HUAWEI Sound Joy is a stylish and compact portable speaker that offers superior sound quality powered by the Devialet SAM technology.

More details below from the press release.

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Event: Huawei Launches Mate Xs 2 & Health/Fitness Wearables

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

Huawei has launched online the new Mate Xs 2 folding phablet, as well as a slew of health and fitness wearables.

The new Huawei Mate Xs 2 folding phablet has a 7.8-inch True-Chroma foldable display and weighs only 255g.

The new Huawei Mate Xs 2 folding phablet has a 7.8-inch True-Chroma foldable display and weighs only 255g.

The following new products were launched by Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group.

  1. Huawei Mate Xs 2
  2. Huawei Watch GT3 Pro
  3. Huawei Watch Fit 2
  4. Huawei Band 7
  5. Huawei Watch D
  6. Huawei S-Tag

A sneak peek of the four health and fitness wearables in the list were showcased to select media earlier this month.

Which of the six gadgets launched today will be available in Singapore?

A slew of new devices from Huawei, from the Mate Xs 2 folding phablet to a range of health/fitness wearables.

A slew of new devices from Huawei, from the Mate Xs 2 folding phablet to a range of health/fitness wearables.

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Preview: Huawei Health and Fitness Smart Wearables

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Huawei held a special sneak preview for select media on some of the health and fitness wearables that they plan to launch later this month.

The new Huawei Watch GT3 Pro in Titanium (Left) and Ceramic White

The new Huawei Watch GT3 Pro in Titanium (Left) and Ceramic White.

The wearables featured during the briefing included the following.

  1. Huawei Watch GT3 Pro
  2. Huawei Band 7
  3. Huawei Watch Fit 2
  4. Huawei Watch D
Huawei Watch Fit 2, Active Edition in Isle Blue Silicone Strap.

Huawei Watch Fit 2, Active Edition in Isle Blue Silicone Strap.

The new products covered a large spectrum of people ranging from those who just want some basic health data, to fitness enthusiasts who want in-depth data to hone their training; as well as the health conscious who want to measure detailed data about their health, such as blood pressure and heartbeat characteristics.

Later in the month, Huawei is expected to officially launch these devices together with additional products such as the Huawei Mate Xs 2 folding phablet and the Huawei S-Tag tagging accessory.

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Opening: Singapore Robotics Rehabilitation Centre

Saturday, April 23rd, 2022

The Singapore Robotics Rehabilitation Centre is a collaboration with DIH Asia Pacific Hub, the global distributor of rehabilitation technology. It boasts that it is the first holistic robotics rehabilitation centre in Singapore.

Inside the Singapore Robotics Rehabilitation Centre.

Inside the Singapore Robotics Rehabilitation Centre.

The Singapore Robotics Rehabilitation Centre is equipped with an integrated team of highly trained therapists who aims to help restore function in patients suffering from stroke, trauma, reparable spinal injuries, hip replacement, chronic pain, and many other physically debilitating conditions by designing interdisciplinary, patient-focused treatments that can best realise the healing potentials of the patients, helping them regain a better quality of life.

The private facility, which is located in the city centre on Orchard Road, will feature the Lokomat®Nanos by Hocoma and the C-Mill VR+ with Hero Solution by Motek and comprehensive service and care by licensed physiotherapists and professionals.

More details below from the press release.

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Tech Focus: Making it Safe to Live and Work in Endemic COVID

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

The world is coming to terms with having to live with COVID-19 for a while to come. Apart from population-level vaccination to enhance our resistance against the disease, how can we make our living and working environment safer from the SARS-COV-2 virus that causes the disease?

Jitender Khurana shares how UVC disinfection technology provides an effective means of sanitising the air and surfaces around us in an efficient and sustainable way. Most importantly, it can be implemented at scale without breaking the bank! Jitender Khurana is the Country Head & Managing Director for Singapore and Emerging Markets, Southeast Asia at Signify.

When will life go back to what it was like in pre-pandemic days? Will it ever? Image: Signify.

When will life go back to what it was like in pre-pandemic days? Will it ever? Image: Signify.

After more than two years and six million deaths globally, the world is still reeling from the humanitarian and economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SARS-COV-2 virus has infected almost half a billion people around the world to date, and continues to cause more than a million new cases of COVID-19 every day.

However, the pandemic shows no sign of slowing down, following the scourge of the Delta variant which swept across the earth, as well as the current Omicron variant.

“For true endemic living, I want to be able to attend concerts, work out at a gym, watch an indoor sports event and visit a public bathroom knowing that the air I’m breathing is safe from the SARS-COV-2 virus. All these aspirations can be fulfilled through air disinfection solutions harnessing UV-C technology – in conjunction with wearing masks, social distancing and vaccination.”

Even though no end is in sight for the pandemic, life and business must go on. Governments and companies need a solution that will provide employees and citizens with a safe working and public environment that is protected from COVID-19.

Like it or not, COVID-19 is not going away and all of us will have to learn how to live, work and play while the SARS-COV-2 virus hangs around us and the disease becomes endemic.

Welcome to the new normal of “Endemic Living”.

The silver lining in the cloud is that we have learnt much since the beginning of the pandemic – about the disease itself, the virus that causes it, the way it spreads, the safety measures and practices that would protect us from infection.

I believe we are ready to embark on this new phase of the pandemic, because we are equipped with the know-how and wherewithal to live safely and normally despite COVID-19. We now know that the reason COVID-19 is so contagious is that it can be transmitted over the air.

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