Three teams won the inaugural Healthcare InnoMatch, receiving up to S$1.2 million in combined funding and hospital partnerships to test-bed and develop innovative healthcare solutions
The Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) and Temasek Foundation have announced three teams who emerged tops in the inaugural “Healthcare InnoMatch by Temasek Foundation and CHI”, a platform to seek solutions that can enhance patient care and deliver positive health outcomes. The winners, listed below (in no order of merit), were selected during a virtual finale where four finalists pitched the value of their innovations to a panel of judges including representatives across all three local healthcare clusters.
Leveraging on artificial intelligence and data analytics, the finalists’ innovative ideas revolve around tele-rehabilitation, prediction with actionable insights and real-time remote monitoring to personalise treatment for patients with cognition-related conditions. These concepts and ideas are promising to meet the challenges of an aging workforce and population, more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. The synopses of their proposals are in the Annexe.
The Healthcare InnoMatch is an open call for proposals targeting today’s healthcare challenges for quick and safe access use of new and emerging healthcare innovations to benefit patients. Winners of the Healthcare InnoMatch are individually matched to a local healthcare institution (HCI). Subsequently, they will receive access to real-use cases in a hospital simulated environment for test-bedding and customising their near market-ready health innovations to suit local context and population. Within six months, they will complete their test-bedding, in compliance with regulations and institutional policies. Outcomes from test-bedding can be shared with other HCIs across the three local healthcare clusters for procurement options after a successful evaluation, to adopt for large scale mainstream use.
Supported by Temasek Foundation, the Healthcare InnoMatch will provide up to S$1.2 million in project development funding for start-ups and SMEs, which will support them in meeting test-bedding requirements, such as manufacture, customisation, purchase of consumables, as well as in terms of analytics, evaluation, protocol planning and data management needs.
Opening on 23 November 2020 and closing on 12 February 2021, the first Healthcare InnoMatch sought proposals in any of the three following themes: (i) Frail No More; (ii) Reducing Hospital Acquired Infections; and (iii) Digitalisation to Enhance Patient Care, Journey and Experience. The four finalists were chosen after a rigorous shortlisting process from 144 teams from over 30 countries.
A first in Singapore, three of the largest local public hospitals – Singapore General Hospital (SGH), National University Hospital (NUH) and Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), representing three local healthcare clusters, came together to review the operational feasibility of these innovations based on a common evaluation framework. This will accelerate the process from last mile innovation to care delivery, bringing innovators a step closer to benefit patients at Singapore’s HCIs.
Accelerate Test-bedding Innovative Solutions at Scale
The Healthcare InnoMatch is an initiative of CHI under its CHI Start-up Enterprise Link (CHISEL). Launched in November 2020, CHISEL was set up as a platform to strengthen healthcare transformation. Adopting a sandbox approach, CHISEL will facilitate for faster and consistent adoption process for start-ups and SMEs to find suitable HCIs to implement new innovation rapidly at scale. It will support and enable start-ups and SMEs to demonstrate the value of its innovations in a simulated and/or clinical setting, through a stage-by-stage approach.
Through initiatives like the Healthcare InnoMatch, CHISEL plans to present more innovations to a wider health community in the future. This will expand to both public and private healthcare organisations, including intermediate and long-term care, and social care sectors.
“We were delighted to be inundated by 144 teams from all over the world when we made the call, each of them bringing wonderful new ideas to this thematic challenge. Whittling down the field to the final four was a ‘pleasant nightmare’ to say the least, and it took the combined might of allies from across all three hospitals, working together with common principles, criteria and goals to decide the best of the best. This unprecedented consensus forms the essence of CHISEL and InnoMatch: if healthcare can unite to evaluate and procure innovations at scale and at speed, everyone wins: the start-ups and SMEs, the providers and of course, our patients,” said Associate Professor Wong Hon Tym, Clinical Director, CHI.
Mr Lim Hock Chuan, Chief Executive of Temasek Foundation Liveability, said, “Through our partnership with the Centre for Healthcare Innovation, we hope to attract start-ups and businesses to participate in Healthcare InnoMatch. We will work towards developing a vibrant industry marketplace where innovations can be test-bedded and implemented in our local healthcare setting. When these innovations are widely adopted, they will greatly benefit patients and their caregivers, and lead to a better healthcare outcome.”