Posts Tagged ‘MedTech’

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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Heart Health Quiz For World Heart Day From Philips

Sunday, September 29th, 2019

It’s World Heart Day today, and Philips is highlighting the importance of early detection of heart disease with its heart health quiz to increase individual awareness of risk factors and early symptoms to encourage early detection and preventive care.

* This story first appeared on Haleness Me.

I like how the quiz provided immediate tips based on each of the 14 questions, based on its relevance to heart health. At the end of the quiz, you get an overall assessment of the state of your heart health.

I like how the quiz provided immediate tips based on each of the 14 questions, based on its relevance to heart health. At the end of the quiz, you get an overall assessment of the state of your heart health.

Heart disease is a leading cause of death globally. Unfortunately it is also a clinically silent disease.

Findings from Philips’ Annual Future Health Index 2019 unveiled how healthcare practitioners are recommending the use of digital health technology to track health data, just as patients are seeking greater access to data for better empowerment of their health.

More details below on the findings of the Future Health Index 2019.

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Tech Focus: What Are Zoonoses And How Can Technology Help (Part 2 of 2)

Saturday, September 28th, 2019

How can technology help in the fight against zoonisis? Aspiring vet, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks in this second article in a two-part series.

* This article first appeared in HalenessMe.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

Emerging technology can help in mainly two ways.

Firstly, through harnessing the power of Big Data, information from previous outbreaks, and studies conducted independently around the world, can be collated to help predict where a deadly zoonotic virus will strike next.

The vast availability of health data today means that data must be intelligently handled, using the right tools to derive helpful trends.

For instance, Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity, and was found to show strong correlation with official data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the 2009 flu pandemic.

The web-based app Supramap uses genomic data to track the global movement of avian influenza virus.

Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity.

Google Flu Trends collated data from users’ searches to estimate influenza activity.

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Tech Focus: What Are Zoonoses And How Can Technology Help (Part 1 of 2)

Saturday, September 21st, 2019

The word ‘zoonosis’ is not one that is popular in the common lexicon, and yet it is something that can affect our lives profoundly. Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks in this two-part story.

* This article first appeared in HalenessMe.

Zoonoses. Source: GAO.

Zoonoses. Source: GAO.

A zoonosis is a disease which can be transferred from animals to humans, and there are many examples of zoonoses which many are familiar with.

One has only to recall the SARS outbreak of 2003 to recognise the destructive potential of zoonoses.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a disease which originated from viruses in bats that jumped to palm civets and then to humans, severely impacted countries like Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and even Canada.

774 lives were claimed globally by this never-before-seen disease.

Stories of doctors, nurses and other health workers who had perished saving the lives of SARS patients filled the papers.

International travel to affected areas dropped sharply by 50-70%, resulting in the closure of many tourism-related businesses.

The civet cat is closely associated with the outbreak of SARS in Asia.

The civet cat is closely associated with the outbreak of SARS in Asia.

Clearly, while the containment of SARS – especially in Singapore – is generally hailed as a success story, the outbreak did result in significant social and economic drawbacks.

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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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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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