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Gojek & Doctor Anywhere Jointly Offer Prediabetes Risk Test

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

Gojek and Doctor Anywhere offered some 2,000 drivers a fully-subsidised prediabetes risk test as part of National Day celebrations.

* This story first appeared on Haleness Me.

The prediabetes tests jointly offered by Gojek & Doctor Anywhere is part of Gojek’s National Day celebrations which also included partnership with Sport Singapore to promote health and fitness among driver-partners.

The prediabetes tests jointly offered by Gojek & Doctor Anywhere is part of Gojek’s National Day celebrations which also included partnership with Sport Singapore to promote health and fitness among driver-partners.

Gojek offered some 2,000 driver-partners access to a fully-subsidised prediabetes risk test, under its driver benefits programme, GoalBetter.

“These wellness initiatives are testament to Gojek and Doctor Anywhere’s joint commitment to boost driver-partners’ health and wellness, and improve their quality of life. To show our continued support, we brought our staff down to the ‘Get Active with Gojek!’ event to promote healthy living amongst driver-partners’ and celebrate their achievements, and we look forward to more meaningful health engagement initiatives like this in the near future!” said Lim Wai Mun, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Doctor Anywhere.

The tests are part of a trial that started on August 8.

They will be funded by Gojek, and represent a joint effort between Gojek and Doctor Anywhere to help driver partners detect health conditions early and take charge of their health, and to support the Singapore government’s ongoing war on diabetes.

Driver-partners must have qualified for GoalBetter to be eligible for the trial.

To take the test, drivers can sign up with Gojek and visit any of Doctor Anywhere’s eight clinics islandwide.

Following the trial, Gojek will explore expanding the initiative to the rest of its driver-partners.

Gojek’s GoalBetter driver benefits programme was launched in April, 2019.

Nearly 150 driver-partners have been using telehealth services on Doctor Anywhere, on the back of Gojek’s partnership with Doctor Anywhere, a healthcare app that offers a holistic range of health and wellness services on a single, integrated platform.

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MedTech: DocDoc TeleHealth Platform Raises US$13m Funding

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Singapore-based DocDoc which positions itself as “the world’s first patient intelligence company”, has today announced the close of an institutional capital raise of US$13 million, bringing the total funding the company has raised to date to US$24.6 million.

* This story first appeared in Haleness Me.

“We are excited to be moving from strength to strength with solid support from our investors and an ecosystem of exceptional partners. We believe in the potential of our patient intelligence platform to revolutionize and redefine the delivery of healthcare,” said Cole Sirucek, DocDoc Co-founder and CEO.

“We are excited to be moving from strength to strength with solid support from our investors and an ecosystem of exceptional partners. We believe in the potential of our patient intelligence platform to revolutionize and redefine the delivery of healthcare,” said Cole Sirucek, DocDoc Co-founder and CEO.

The financing was done on a convertible note and was led by Adamas Finance Asia Limited (ADAM), a London-listed investment company, alongside leading regional family offices, a fund managed by a global investment firm specialising in financial services and the Cyberport Macro Fund.

“Of course, we enable our partners to save money, boost engagement and delight their customers in measurable ways, but what is far more important is that we meaningfully help people. Real people with real problems. People who are uncertain or scared, people who know a lot or almost nothing about healthcare, and people who need a friend to help navigate an amazingly complex healthcare ecosystem. At DocDoc, we have created the solution we needed when we faced this situation. Our product is real as it comes from the purest of intention, the need for parents to protect their child. Our product is real as it is built by an uncompromising team who owns the importance of our mission,” commented Cole Sirucek, DocDoc Co-founder and CEO.

DocDoc’s AI-powered doctor discovery platform is reimagining the patient journey by building a patient-centric healthcare ecosystem that supports patients throughout the continuum of care and empowering them with readily digestible medical information to make well-informed healthcare decisions.

The proceeds raised will be used to support DocDoc’s market expansion and enhance its leading patient intelligence platform.

Founded in 2012, DocDoc is one of the earliest telemedicine platforms in Singapore.

Its current suite of product offerings includes doctor discovery, telemedicine, and cashless settlement.

Operating in eight countries, DocDoc boasts that it has built the largest network of doctors in Asia with over 23,000 doctors and 793 clinics and hospitals in its network.

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MedTech: MyDoc & Prudential Launches Telemedicine Partnership

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Prudential and MyDoc are launching online doctor consultations and telemedicine services to Asian consumers.

* This story first appeared in Haleness Me.

Singapore-based MyDoc, founded in 2012, is one of the earliest telemedicine providers in Singapore.

Singapore-based MyDoc, founded in 2012, is one of the earliest telemedicine providers in Singapore.

Prudential Corporation Asia (“Prudential”) today announced it will partner with telemedicine provider MyDoc to offer consumers access to value-added health services on their mobile phones, including doctor consultations, electronic prescriptions and electronic medical certificates.

“Prudential’s partnership with MyDoc is in line with our commitment to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all. MyDoc’s telemedicine services will be part of the full cycle of healthcare and wellness services on Pulse, from wellness tracking and symptom checking to online consultations and disease prevention. By combining revolutionary health technology and the convenience of telemedicine, MyDoc and Prudential are helping to empower consumers to take control of their health, anytime, anywhere. Prudential will continue to bring the best health and wellness services to Pulse, in tandem with our local and regional partners,” said Nic Nicandrou, Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation Asia.

Prudential is a leading life insurer and asset manager in Asia with over 15 million customers and £151 billion in assets under management.

Singapore-based MyDoc, founded in 2012, is one of the earliest telemedicine providers in Singapore.

MyDoc’s services will be integrated into Pulse by Prudential, the first app of its kind in the region offering holistic health management to users.

Pulse features self-help health and wellness tools, a symptom checker powered by Artificial Intelligence, and other value-added services.

The Pulse app will launch in 11 markets across Asia, and can be downloaded for free.

MyDoc offers patients a video consultation with a doctor through Pulse, as well as the option to book a face-to-face appointment.

Electronic prescriptions, medicine delivery, electronic medical certificates and online records will be offered in selected markets as an additional service.

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Singtel & AIA Launches StepUp Wellness Platform In Singapore

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

The wellness platform rewards customers for keeping active. Mobile customers with My Singtel app can use their steps to earn up to 3GB of data and other lifestyle rewards.

 

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Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO, Consumer Singapore, Singtel; and Patrick Teow, Chief Executive Officer, AIA Singapore at the StepUp launch event.

A few thousand have already activated StepUp when the platform went active last evening prior to the official launch today.

“Our partnership with Singtel redefines what it means to enable healthier, longer, better lives in today’s digitally-enriched world. Through leveraging Singapore’s digital advantage, our common shared value is to make a real difference in people’s lives, particularly when Singaporeans are spending more time on their digital devices such as their mobile phones and living sedentary lives. With StepUp, individuals and families can now take charge of their own health and integrate more active lifestyle habits into their daily lives,” said Patrick Teow, Chief Executive Officer, AIA Singapore.

The platform, a collaboration of Singtel and AIA Singapore, allows third-party partners to reach their combined customer base of some 5 million in Singapore, with 1 million already on My Singtel app.

As a potential for future growth, the collaboration could be extended to the substantial overseas markets that both companies have, which will increase the reach of the platform to many times that of the Singapore market.

To kick-start their StepUp journey and begin earning mobile data, all customers need to do is to log into My Singtel app, activate StepUp and sync their steps from their iOS or Android smartphones.

In the next few months, customers can also look forward to more reward options such as a free Diet & Sports DNA kit by GeneLife to help customers eat and exercise well based on their DNA, as well as other rewards from PUMA and SingSaver.

To celebrate the launch of StepUp, customers who clock 10,000 steps a day at least once from now until 31 August will stand a chance to win an Apple Watch Series 4 or Samsung Galaxy Watch.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Ariston Andris2 Wi-Fi Enabled Smart Water Heaters

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Ariston launched its Andris2 range of Wi-Fi enabled water heaters in Singapore comprising the Andris2 Top, Andris2 Lux and Andris2 RS.

The new range of Ariston Andris2 smart Wi-Fi enabled water heaters in Singapore.

The new range of Ariston Andris2 smart Wi-Fi enabled water heaters in Singapore.

These smart water heaters can be controlled via a smartphone app and boasts the following patents.

  • Long-lasting Titanium heating element with lifetime warranty (only for Andris2 Top and Andris2 Lux).
  • Energy-saving with smart ECO-EVO technology (only for Andris2 Top).
  • AG+ Silver Ions with antibacterial properties for greater hygiene.

More details below from the press release.

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Infographic: How Often Should You Change Your Shaver Blade?

Sunday, March 31st, 2019

Schick’s latest shave study on 100 respondents, out of which 80% shaved regularly.

Click on the image to view the complete infographic about the survey findings in full size.

Click on the image to view the complete infographic about the survey findings in full size.

The study recorded that 21% of men surveyed recognised that shaver blades should be replaced after every 5-10 shaves.

Only 54% admitted to changing out their blades only when they can no longer use it to shave.

Some of the most common shaving concerns shared by our respondents were:

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New Arrival: Fitbit Launches 3 Health & Fitness Wearables

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Fitbit officially launched in Singapore the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition (S$248), Fitbit Inspire HR (S$158), and Fitbit Inspire (S$118). The wearables brand also introduced the Fitbit Ace 2 (to be launched later).

Consumers of any fitness level can choose the wearable that fits his/her needs. Louis Lye (Left), Regional Director, SEA, HK & Taiwan, Fitbit; and Steve Morley, VP & GM, APAC, Fitbit.

Consumers of any fitness level can choose the wearable that fits his/her needs. Louis Lye (Left), Regional Director, SEA, HK & Taiwan, Fitbit; and Steve Morley, VP & GM, APAC, Fitbit.

Beyond devices, the Fitbit platform offers users software features, access to their data, and connection to one of the largest global health and fitness social networks to help drive positive behavior change.

Fitbit will also soon launch a major redesign to the Fitbit app so users can further personalise their dashboard, better understand their data, discover new content and more easily connect with others on Fitbit’s social community.

At S$248, Versa Lite Edition is Fitbit’s most affordable smartwatch, targeting users who want an attractive, versatile, and easy-to-use device with core features, actionable insights and personal guidance to motivate them to improve their health.

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New Arrival: Schick Hydro 5 Sense Razor

Friday, March 8th, 2019

The new Schick razor head comes with 5 Ultra Glide Blades and 7 Hydrating Gel Reservoirs that hydrate throughout each shave. Prices below.

 

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Schick Hydro 5 Sense will be retailing in all major Guardian Health and Beauty, Fairprice and Watsons outlets: Schick Hydro 5 Sense Hydrate Kit retails at S$15.90, with both the Hydro 5 Sense Hydrate Refills and Hydro 5 Sense Comfort Refills available at S$24.80.

The Schick Hydro 5 Sense features shock absorb technology that allows the razor to follow the contours of your face and regulate the pressure applied.

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Tech Focus: Veterinary Medicine Meets TeleMedicine

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Pet ownership is on the rise, and so is telemedicine for humans. Is telemedicine also useful for diagnosis and treatment of animals? Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Pet ownership is on the rise.

With canine pets licensed in Singapore increasing by 32% in the past decade – according to the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore – and the booming pet industry in places like China and India, it is evident that pet owners form a large, and valuable, market.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

The pet-care market in Asia is valued at around US$1 billion a year, and is expected to grow to US$1.5 billion by 2020.

Another trend in recent years is the rise of telemedicine in the human health industry.

There has been a proliferation of apps like MaNaDr, Doctor Anywhere and MyDoc, which aim to connect patients with doctors over a digital platform and make the provision of healthcare much more convenient.

There is much potential in marrying the two thriving industries together, by making telemedicine available for veterinarians to deliver medical advice and consultations to pet-owners, through virtual means.

Manifestations of veterinary telemedicine would include platforms for pet-owners to ask vets for advice by sending photos and messages to vets on duty, or tele-consults via video calls.

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Event: Official Launch of Speedoc in Singapore

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Official launch of Speedoc mobile app for house call medical treatment services in Singapore.

Speedoc was launched today at its office in UIC Building in Singapore.

Speedoc was launched today at its office in UIC Building in Singapore.

The app was soft launched in Jan 2018 and has seen 3,490 downloads and 524 unique patients, with an average of 8 patients per day.

Speedoc currently has 29 doctors – 4 fulltime, 10 from clinics and 15 locums.

 

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“After working as a public hospital doctor for five years, I noticed a gap in the market for non-essential A&E visits, for minor cases such as coughs, colds and constipation. My team and I created Speedoc as a solution for patients to receive medical attention at any time of the day. Our goal is to be a health-tech company that helps shift advanced medical care ‘from the hospital to the home’, especially in light of Singapore’s ageing population, which may find it increasingly difficult to visit hospitals and clinics easily,” says Dr. Shravan Verma, CEO and Founder of Speedoc.

All are GPs at the moment while the startup looks for specialists in the areas of pediatrics, geriatrics and obstetrics.

Each housecall costs at S$150 (8am-8pm), S$200 (8pm-12am) and S$250 (12am-8pm).

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