Posts Tagged ‘healthcare’

Tech Focus: Ingestible Electronic Pills For Stomach Diagnosis

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Just as IoT is taking the tech world by storm, ingestible pills enable doctors and researchers to emplace micro sensors in our bodies to monitor sustained measurements for diagnosis or research.

In this guest blog, Nick Van Helleputte and Chris Van Hoof discuss how ingestible or electronic pills can revolutionise the way stomach ailments are diagnosed.

Mock-up of an ingestible pill with prototype transceiver. Image: Imec.

Mock-up of an ingestible pill with prototype transceiver. Image: Imec.

Speak about an electronic pill or a small ingestible machine that can be swallowed by patients to monitor their bodies – and what comes to mind is often swarms of nanobots.

The reality is a little different.

Today, breakthroughs in electronics are making it possible to imagine such ingestibles, which are small enough to be swallowed so they can stay inside a body to monitor, say, a person’s stomach condition over a period of time.

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These nifty gadgets open up a whole new frontier in medical diagnosis and research.

Think the Internet of Things (IoT) but applied to the interior of our bodies.

By emplacing sensors within our bodies, doctors and researchers don’t just get a one-off snapshot of the organ of interest.

The sensors can provide sustained monitoring of measurements over a period of time, enabling the identification of trends in the data, or triggering of alerts to flag out anomalies breaching threshold levels.

This means a doctor would be able to more accurately see the changes in a person’s digestive tract, for example, instead of having only a quick look by using a scope or collecting stool samples.

So, instead of a number of nanobots swimming inside a person, ingestibles are miniaturised versions of electronic devices that require low power and have reliable wireless communication to relay the signals that they are reading.

In February 2020, Belgium-based research outfit imec presented the world’s first fully integrated millimetre-scale wireless transceiver for ingestibles or electronic analytical devices that can be swallowed.

This breakthrough, presented at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2020 conference at San Francisco in February, means that in the future, ingestible devices could be easier to be manufactured and be more effective in staying in a stomach to monitor important signs of diseases, such as diabetes, Crohn’s Disease or coeliac.

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GN Hearing Offers Remote Testing And Fitting Of Hearing Aids

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

GN Hearing offers hearing assessments and fitting of its ReSound hearing aids in conjunction with ReSound Assist Live.

New ReSound Assist Live from GN Hearing gives hearing care professionals the ability to conduct remote in-ear tests using hearing aids.

New ReSound Assist Live from GN Hearing gives hearing care professionals the ability to conduct remote in-ear tests using hearing aids.

GN Hearing, a global leader in hearing aid technology, has announced new in-ear tests (also called in-situ tests) available as an extension to ReSound Assist Live at-home services.

The technology allows hearing care professionals to offer complete hearing care remotely, including hearing assessment and hearing aid fitting.

Testing and fitting of hearing aids from the comfort of the home.

Testing and fitting of hearing aids from the comfort of the home.

It allows people with hearing loss to get their hearing tested from the comfort and safety of home.

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MedTech: Remote Monitoring Solution By KaHa & EasyCare iDOC

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

Singapore IoT and smart wearables firm KaHa teams up with healthcare partner EasyCare International (iDOC) to launch Remote Monitoring Solution in Singapore.

By leveraging technology, the partnership between KaHa and EasyCare iDOC aims to bring greater convenience and efficacy to healthcare management.

By leveraging technology, the partnership between KaHa and EasyCare iDOC aims to bring greater convenience and efficacy to healthcare management.

As part of the company’s commitment to health and wellness, Singapore Internet of Things (IoT) solutions company KaHa launched today its partnership with medical solutions provider EasyCare and its brand iDOC.

iDOC Clinic is a medical group founded by the EasyCare team, and EasyCare works with iDOC Clinic in the implementation of its healthcare technologies in the primary care setting.

As part of its services, EasyCare conducts annual or biannual chronic disease screening for corporate clients.

In between screenings, the iDOCWATCH together with mobile app iDOC Easy Track, will be made available to individuals to enable continuous monitoring of their health by collecting and analysing essential health data from the user to be sent to the iDOC Remote Monitoring Dashboard, which aims to improve health and fitness amongst users.

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New Arrival: Fitbit Charge 4 Health & Fitness Tracker

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

The Fitbit Charge 4 comes with built-in GPS, Spotify Control, Sleep Tools, Fitbit Pay and more. Prices below

The Fitbit Charge 4 offers up to 7 days of battery life in a sleek, swim proof design.

The Fitbit Charge 4 offers up to 7 days of battery life in a sleek, swim proof design.

Charge 4 includes Fitbit’s latest innovation, Active Zone Minutes, a new personalised standard based on your resting heart rate and age that tracks any workout that gets your heart pumping, from indoor biking to yoga, measuring the time you spend in each heart rate zone toward a weekly goal of 150 minutes.

For more guidance and motivation in today’s environment, new content has been added to Fitbit Premium, including programs, workouts from brands like barre3, Down Dog and Physique 57, mindfulness tools, challenges and more.

More details below from the press release.

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COVID-19: Kaspersky Supports Healthcare Institutions With Free Licenses

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

The free full featured Kaspersky product licenses will be valid for six months.

The free availability of Kaspersky’s core endpoint security products for medical organisations will help them stay protected from cyberthreats during the pandemic.

The free availability of Kaspersky’s core endpoint security products for medical organisations will help them stay protected from cyberthreats during the pandemic.

The full list of B2B products available for free for six months includes Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Plus, Kaspersky Security for Microsoft Office 365, Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business Advanced and Kaspersky Hybrid Cloud Security.

More details below from the press release.

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Event: Executive Condominium OLÁ Opens Gallery In Sengkang

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

The 17,000 square-feet sales gallery for OLÁ Residences at Sengkang will open to the public today with celebrity appearances, soccer clinics and carnival.

 

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The luxury EC will feature a handcrafted chandelier and other porcelain ornaments from Lladro of Spain and paintings of children and family settings by renowned Spanish artist Eva Armisen that evoke themes of love, family and the community.

The celebrity-chef cookout will feature Li Nanxing, Constance Song, Julie and Wei Le.

Coaches from the Real Madrid Football School will give soccer tips to aspiring young players, alongside a renowned Spanish artist, Eva Armisen, painting at the gallery itself.

Carnival activities from 1-3pm today include performances by Kpop dancers, jugglers, stilt walkers; food and drinks as well as claw machines and games with prizes to be won.

 

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A highlight of OLÁ Residences is the provision of telehealth services by local healthcare startup HiDoc – for the first 2 years, in-condo telemedicine consultations will be free (excluding medications).

OLÁ Residences is developed by Anchorvale, a joint-venture between homegrown EVIA Real Estate and Gamuda Land, a leading property developer based in Malaysia.

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HiDoc Pioneers TeleHealth Platform For Condominium In Singapore

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Homegrown telemedicine startup, HiDoc, has developed and will roll out Singapore’s first TeleHealth Kiosk in OLÁ – an Executive Condominium (EC) in Sengkang that will be completed in 2026 (TOP 2023). Check out the kiosk in the showroom from 15 February, 2020.

Artist’s impression of the HiDoc telehealth kiosk, which will be showcased to the public when OLÁ opens its show gallery 15 February.

Artist’s impression of the HiDoc telehealth kiosk, which will be showcased to the public when OLÁ opens its show gallery 15 February. Image: HiDoc

HiDoc’s TeleHealth Kiosk will allow residents to consult doctors and specialists virtually, supported by a medical concierge who will dispense medications to the doorstep of the patient.

This innovative initiative is the result of a partnership between local health startup HiDoc (backed by SGX-listed Singapore Medical Group) and property developer Anchorvale Pte Ltd.

This innovative initiative is the result of a partnership between local health startup HiDoc (backed by SGX-listed Singapore Medical Group) and property developer Anchorvale Pte Ltd.

The unique online platform provides convenience and time-savings as part of the EC’s emphasis on amenities and community living.

The TeleHealth Kiosk will be showcased to visitors to the OLÁ show gallery at Sengkang from 15 February 2020.

More details below from the press release.

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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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