Singapore is a beautiful city-state in Southeast Asia, bordered by the South China Sea on the west, the Indian Ocean on the east, and Malaysia to the north. An independent nation since 1965, it is currently the third-largest country in the region by area. The population of 4.7 million people is currently growing at a rate of nearly 2% per year and is projected to hit 6.2 million by 2041.
One of the best things about Singapore is its commitment to innovation and sustainable development. The city-state recently established the Sustainable Singapore 2030 initiative to help drive the implementation of greener and more sustainable practices across all industries. In line with this, healthcare has been progressive in terms of adopting new technology and improving efficiency. Here, we take a look at the recent advancements and future of smart health technology in Singapore.
Medical Imaging And Devices
Since its founding, Singapore has focused heavily on healthcare, and today the industry accounts for around 12% of the country’s GDP. One of the mainstays of the Singapore healthcare system is its advanced medical imaging and devices. Thanks to a number of world-class healthcare facilities and the country’s heavy investment in medical technology, residents can access a diverse range of diagnostic imaging tools, such as x-ray machines, MRIs, and CT scanners. The result is that healthcare in the country is generally quite effective and affordable. As such, Singaporean patients generally receive the best possible treatment, regardless of their circumstances.
The use of medical imaging and devices in the country is regulated by the Healthcare Industry Authority, and all practitioners must register with the agency to gain professional status. Practitioners must adhere to the highest standards of care and professionalism, and the authority actively enforces these rules through its registered healthcare professionals (HCP) scheme. This level of control ensures the safety and quality of patient care within the system. Patients can also rest assured that their confidential data is protected and will not be compromised.
Tele Healthcare And Fitness
Thanks to Singapore’s commitment to healthcare innovation and its focus on digital transformation, the healthcare industry there has adopted a number of cutting-edge technologies. One of the latest and most exciting developments is the integration of healthcare and fitness into a single app. Dubbed TeleHealth and Fitness, the app connects healthcare professionals with patients over the phone and allows them to monitor and track their physical activity. The app also connects healthcare providers with the latest fitness news and offers tips on how to keep their patients fit and healthy.
Launched in Singapore last year, TeleHealth and Fitness are currently available for Android and iOS devices. It is designed to provide an efficient and streamlined way to monitor and manage patients’ health, as well as provide doctors with the tools to better understand and manage their patient’s conditions. The app connects patients with healthcare providers, offering a more convenient and streamlined way for both to interact. It also provides patients with the information they may need to better manage their condition.
Hospitals Go Green
Sustainability is deeply ingrained in Singapore and the nation actively promotes green practices and technologies. Many healthcare providers in the city-state have gone green by utilizing solar power, switching to LED lighting, and replacing plastic straws and plastic cups with paper alternatives. They have also committed to reducing their impact on the environment by increasing the recovery rate of organic waste.
Singaporean hospitals now run on renewable energy sources such as solar power and batteries, eliminating their dependence on the National Grid. Many healthcare providers have also replaced plastic straws and plastic cups with paper alternatives. At the same time, they have increased the diversion rate of organic waste, from 7% to 20%.
Home Care And Monitoring
Another exciting development in Singapore is the emergence of digital healthcare, particularly in home care. The Asian country has invested heavily in building its digital infrastructure, and many healthcare providers now offer online booking and 24/7 patient access via the Internet. This has enabled healthcare professionals to provide closer monitoring and more convenient care to patients who live in distant or rural areas, or who are unable to leave their homes due to health issues.
The introduction of home healthcare has significantly reduced the amount of time spent in hospitals by patients, particularly those who are older or have chronic conditions. It has also increased the proportion of patients who feel that they have a good understanding of their condition and are actively engaged in their care.
Similarly, remote patient monitoring has enabled healthcare providers to closely monitor and interact with their patients via the Internet. Physicians can order tests, upload patients’ physiological data, and provide regular health checks, all from a mobile device. This is a particularly useful tool for those with chronic conditions as it ensures that professionals are always on hand if something should go wrong.
Overall, Singapore’s healthcare industry demonstrates the effectiveness of online tools in promoting better communication and care coordination, as well as improving the quality of patient care and outcomes. Digital healthcare will continue to transform the industry for the better.