Singapore calls for healthcare innovation

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The Singapore Government will invest US$2 million to encourage the development of ICT applications to improve the cost-efficiency and quality of healthcare services in the island-state.

The Ministry of Health (MOE), Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), and The Enterprise Challenge (TEC) have released the announcement under the Prime Minister's Office called for industry participation. The funding aims to provide benefits like better patient care, higher efficiency levels, and improved communication between healthcare practitioners. Singapore's Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan has called for greater adoption of IT in the healthcare sector. The Ministry has launched 12 projects as health care initiatives. The Singapore General Hospital also piloted an integrated wireless monitoring system that automatically captures patients' vital signs such as blood pressure, pulse rate, electrocardiogram (ECG), oxygen saturation, respiration rate and temperature in its Digital Ward.

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