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                  SINGAPORE MEDTECH DIRECTORY 2020/2021
 Collaborative-based
Solutions
MedTech companies are recognising that medical technology solutions must be developed based on what healthcare professionals and patients need. Design must be developed in consultation with these key stakeholders to make sure the solutions can integrate with current workflows and lifestyles, thus reducing user resistance.
“If there is one thing the industry has learned from pilot tests in 2019, such as the Ministry of Health Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT)’s
tele-health pilot on hypertension management at Ang Mo Kio Polyclinic, it’s that user-centric design is key to adoption”, says Ms Ng Ling Ling, Director (Community Engagement) & Head (Future Primary Care), MOHT. “The tech serves the patient and healthcare team, not the other way around”.
User demographics such as age, tech-savviness and data accessibility are all important practical considerations for smartphone and app-based healthcare solutions to be adopted. Such insights are a sign that Singapore’s MedTech scene is moving forward, as these lessons help make products scalable and user-friendly.
Prof Gerald Koh, Clinical Director, Future Primary Care, MOHT recommends building an interdisciplinary team. The team will focus on the healthcare staff and patients to aid implementation, and to ease the learning curve to engender a change in habits or in institutional systems.
Increased user-friendly
wellness solutions and
standard-issue devices
Wellness solutions are reaching scale in Singapore. The simplicity of these solutions is one key to adoption, as is the use of standard-issue devices like smartphones and smartwatches. These devices not only count the number of steps taken but are also equipped with sensors that detect heart rate or measure the intensity of the user’s activity.
It is also in the interest of MedTech companies to create wellness solutions simple enough for adoption by a growing aged population, estimated to reach 900,000 by 2030.
An example is HealthBeacon’s Injection Care Management System, a connected device for managing medication. It is digitally connected and programmed with personal medication
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