MedTech: DocDoc TeleHealth Platform Raises US$13m Funding

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

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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Iconic 132-Year-Old Raffles Hotel Restored in Singapore

August 4th, 2019

First opened in 1887 and declared a National Monument by the government on its centennial, the grand old dame has reopened on 1 August after an extensive 2-year restoration that began in 2017.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

 

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Had a chance to walk through the charming grand dame of 1887 vintage on the Sunday prior to its reopening before the hordes descended.

The hotel now offers 115 suites in nine categories, including the Grand Hotel Suites and Presidential Suites.

The Long Bar – where the Singapore Sling cocktail was invented – has also been refreshed.

 

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At 132 years old, the newly reopened Raffles Hotel has certainly seen a large part of Singapore’s 200-year old history after founder Sir Stamford Raffles colonised the island. This statue of Raffles sits in the Raffles Arcade and will observe the progress of the nation going forward into the next 200 years.

A night at the hotel ranges from slightly less than S$1,000 for its cheapest suite, to almost S$12,000 for one night in a two-bed President Suite.

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New Arrival: StarHub Bundles ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 Router

August 3rd, 2019

The new router (usual price: S$399) will be bundled free with StarHub’s new “Turbo Gamer 2Gbps” plan – a 2Gbps fibre home broadband service with no service activation and installation fees.

ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 ASUS x StarHub launch event. (From Left): Desmond Soh (ASUS Singapore Country Manager), Anthony Wang (StarHub Assistant Vice President of Marketing), Yann Courqueux (StarHub Vice President of Home Product), Karl Chu (ASUS General Manager, APAC), Linda Chen (ASUS Business Unit Senior Director), Richard Chen (ASUS Product Director, Networking, APAC), Simon Tan (Nvidia, Director of Consumer Business, APAC South).

ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 ASUS x StarHub launch event. (From Left): Desmond Soh (ASUS Singapore Country Manager), Anthony Wang (StarHub Assistant Vice President of Marketing), Yann Courqueux (StarHub Vice President of Home Product), Karl Chu (ASUS General Manager, APAC), Linda Chen (ASUS Business Unit Senior Director), Richard Chen (ASUS Product Director, Networking, APAC), Simon Tan (Nvidia, Director of Consumer Business, APAC South).

StarHub’s Turbo Gamer 2Gbps is priced at S$62.90 per month, with the first two months free.

The 802.11ac Wi-Fi gaming router – ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 – is priced at S$399 but will come free with the Turbo Gamer 2Gbps subscription with StarHub.

 

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The new 802.11ac WiFi gaming router ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 from ASUS, offered in Singapore exclusively through StarHub.

Singapore customers – exclusively through StarHub – will be the first in Southeast Asia and fourth in the world to have it.

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Keysight World Singapore 2019 Showcases New Innovations

August 2nd, 2019

The new solutions accelerate 5G, automotive cybersecurity and network innovations, helping Singapore businesses speed up technological advancements through collaboration and innovation.

Ee Huei Sin, Vice President / General Manager, General Electronics Measurement Solutions, Keysight Technologies, briefing the company's solutions for IoT and 5G.

Ee Huei Sin, Vice President / General Manager, General Electronics Measurement Solutions, Keysight Technologies, briefing the company’s solutions for IoT and 5G.

In 2019 and beyond, 5G-enabled technologies have the potential to create major global technology shifts, leading to huge potential for industries worldwide.

However, before this potential can be harnessed, the technologies must first be thoroughly tested.

Keysight targets these critical testing needs by offering solutions and insights in electronic design, test, manufacturing, and optimisation.

More details below from the press release.

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Opening: Bountie Arena Esports & Gaming Venue In Singapore

August 1st, 2019

The 6,600 square foot lifestyle venue will feature a 13-metre-wide high-resolution LED display and stage area for Esports tournaments and events, along with private training rooms and classrooms for Esports development.

Bountie Arena has launched its Esports & gaming Venue in Singapore at Fusionopolis.

Bountie Arena has launched its Esports & gaming Venue in Singapore at Fusionopolis.

At launch, the gaming and Esports facility will charge a promotional price of just one dollar per hour for users to access its facilities – which include an Atari pong machine, a PlayStation 4, two Pandora Box arcade machines and over 100 high specification gaming desktops.

The promotional price is valid for the first 2 months of opening and will be revised after that period.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS) for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Transport Baey Yam Keng attended the launch as the Guest of Honour.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: SATS Launches Ready To Travel 2.0 App

July 31st, 2019

Ready To Travel, a travel app subsidiary owned by SATS, today unveiled the new features and services in Version 2.0.

This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Ready To Go 2.0 puts social back into group vacations.

Ready To Go 2.0 puts social back into group vacations.

These include access to over 400 airport lounges worldwide and a new global bag-locate service that tracks and expedites the return of delayed baggage with a 96-hour guarantee – from the time the flight lands to baggage return – after which travellers will receive the pay-out.

The Ready To Go team (from right): Albert Pozo – Chief Digital Officer, SATS; Eileen Tan – Vice President, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel); Head of Marketing, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel).

The Ready To Go team (from right): Albert Pozo – Chief Digital Officer, SATS; Eileen Tan – Vice President, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel); Head of Marketing, Consumer Services, SATS (Ready To Travel).

With the new global bag-locate service – from S$6, travellers can insure 2 bags with a pay-out of up to S$2,200 per delayed bag.

Through Ready To Travel, the Bag Locate service provider works with the airline to locate delayed baggage, while sending email updates to the traveller.

More details below from the press release.

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Google Puts All 114 Singapore Hawkers Centres On The Map

July 30th, 2019

For the first time, all 114 hawker centres in Singapore will be documented on Google Maps’ Street View by early 2020.

The Google Street View Trekker weighs 18kg and contains seven high-resolution cameras to create an immersive 360-degree panoramic view. A full charge of the trekker battery lasts for 6-8hrs.

The Google Street View Trekker weighs 18kg and contains seven high-resolution cameras to create an immersive 360-degree panoramic view. A full charge of the trekker battery lasts for 6-8hrs.

The initiative is a collaboration between Google and the organisations that are co-driving the nomination to inscribe Hawker Culture in Singapore on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Street View Trekker with representatives from Google, NHB, NEA and FMAS, at Chinatown Market.

The Street View Trekker with representatives from Google, NHB, NEA and FMAS, at Chinatown Market.

These organisations include the National Heritage Board (NHB), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Federation Of Merchants’ Associations, Singapore (FMAS).

 

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The aim is to document Singapore’s beloved hawker centres on Google Maps to make them discoverable to anyone curious about our hawker centres or looking for their favourite hawker stalls.

More details below from the press release.

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TVS Motor Singapore To Invest US$7m in Scienaptic Systems

July 22nd, 2019

The closing of the investment is subject to obtaining appropriate regulatory approvals.

TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited led this Series A funding in Scienaptic, an AI-powered decision platform.

TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited led this Series A funding in Scienaptic, an AI-powered decision platform.

TVS Motor (Singapore) Pte. Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of TVS Motor Company Limited, India, has signed definitive agreements to invest US$7 million in Scienaptic Systems Inc., a Delaware corporation, headquartered in New York City.

Scienaptic combines the latest big data technologies and proprietary machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms on its decision platform, “Ether”.

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Singtel & AIA Launches StepUp Wellness Platform In Singapore

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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