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Improving patient outcomes for Parkinson’s patients using in-home monitoring devices

Partner : Orbit Health GmbH

Impact : Public Health

Orbit Health seeks to create better outcomes for Parkinson’s patients through helping physicians to make data-informed treatments. It is piloting three wearable devices to collect data from patients around the clock, 365 days a year. This information will help physicians to improve patients’ motor symptom control, prevent falls, and detect cognitive impairment early to slow down disease progression.


Integrated remote rehabilitation

Partner : XCLR8 Technologies Pte Ltd

Impact : Public Health

Rebee is a digital orthopaedic/physical rehabilitation solution combining wearable sensors and software solutions. Rebee allows medical practitioners and healthcare institutions to remotely monitor and instruct patients through its software platform. The data collected from the pilot trial will be used to develop an artificial intelligence machine learning algorithm for the development of future products for the prediction, diagnosis and automation of orthopaedics and physical rehabilitation.


Community network for partial denture care

Partner : National Dental Centre Singapore

Impact : Public Health

This project by National Dental Centre is to produce dentures using a scanner to scan the teeth, AI to design the denture and 3D printing to print and produce the final denture. It cuts down cost, number of visits, and waiting time as well as produces a more fitting denture. This streamlined and improved digital workflow will encourage more general dental practitioners to offer a removable partial denture service in the community setting.


Smart and barrier-free rehabilitation at home

Partner : Articares Pte Ltd

Impact : Public Health

Articares has developed a smart and portable therapy robot, called H-Man, to treat upper-limb sensorimotor impairments with personalised and minimally supervised training exercises. They also developed CARE Platform, a cloud-based telecommunication software that provides downloadable reports. The reports allow clinicians to keep up to date on their patient’s treatment progress and to adjust therapy settings from the clinician’s own location when necessary. Together, CARE Platform and H-Man are a scalable solution for robotics-assisted telerehabilitation which patients can complete at home.


Equipment and hospital-free physiotherapy

Partner : RootAlly AI Pte Ltd

Impact : Public Health

RootAlly AI has developed an artificial intelligence telerehabilitation system to deliver remote rehabilitation to patients with engagement similar to one-on-one therapists’ sessions. Known as AllyCare, it can identify and track the movement of human joints captured in video through a smartphone. Only end-of-session reports are sent to the hospital for review, while videos are not sent to ensure privacy. This scalable solution will allow therapists to service more people at once.


Remote monitoring of neurological disease

Partner : Epilog

Impact : Public Health

Epilog has developed an electroencephalogram (EEG) solution to improve patient care for epilepsy patients. The EEG is able to diagnose, prognose and monitor patients by using electrodes to measure electrical brain activity. The EEG then generates a "passport" (with all measured parameters) to measure brain health. It is likened to a test for epileptic brains similar to a blood control test for cholesterol patients. With Epilog’s EEG solution, epilepsy patients’ health can be tracked over time in hospital or at home, where they can be supported via telehealth.


Rapid neutralising antibody test

Partner : Thrixen Pte Ltd

Impact : Infectious Disease Management

Conventional lab-based tests are not suitable for mass screening of the population as they require blood draws at a clinic, culture of virus, skilled technicians, and two to four days to obtain a result. Although rapid one to four hours surrogate neutralising antibodies tests are available, these tests still require laboratory and clinical facilities. Thrixen is developing a rapid test (five to ten minutes) for detection of SARS-CoV-2 neutralising antibodies from a drop of fingertip blood that can be deployed outside of laboratory settings.


Community eye screening

Partner : National University of Singapore 

Impact : Public Health

 In Singapore, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts are the major cause of visual impairment. These eye diseases result in 91,000 and 4,800 people affected by mild/moderate and severe visual impairment respectively. Current eye screening methods are not accurate and cost effective due to limitations of the diagnostic equipment. The National University of Singapore seeks to pilot a new optometrist-led community eye screening model using novel devices, which will reduce the waiting time to see an eye specialist, while enabling early diagnosis, and delivering better healthcare outcomes.


Improving sleep continuity through mindfulness training for better cognitive ageing

Partner : Singapore General Hospital 

Impact : Public Health

Cognitive decline in the elderly is a rapidly growing concern in Singapore and other developed Asian nations. Among the major but understudied factors that may exacerbate this decline is poor sleep quality. Targeting sleep to decelerate or even reverse age-related cognitive decline may represent a low-cost, high-return solution to a widespread societal problem. To accomplish this goal, the researcher team has tested mindfulness-based training and sleep hygiene education as interventions to improve sleep quality and cognition. 


Individualised nutritional care bundle for home nursing patients with pressure injuries (INCA Trial)

Partners : Changi General Hospital and Home Nursing Foundation

Impact : Public Health

Changi General Hospital and Home Nursing Foundation is conducting a trial to incorporate a specialised supplement in a nutrition bundle for home care nursing patients. The results aims to determine if intensive nutritional care support (optimising intake, supplementary feedings with specialised nutrition, and dietary education) in home settings will improve pressure injury healing rates, reduce the hospital readmission and mortality rates, and decrease the cost of illness and improve quality of life of this vulnerable group of patients.

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