Singapore General Hospital launches AI-powered tool for proper PPE wearing
Singapore General Hospital (SGH) will soon use a digital tool from New Zealand to ensure proper wearing of personal protective equipment before entering an isolation facility.
The hospital partnered with Blue Mirror to launch its PPE Instructor tool, which was customized to allow for automated guidance and controls based on SGH’s PSA protocol.
The AI and cloud-based tool turns a tablet computer into a digital mirror. It is tripod mounted, making it easy to transport to areas where it is required and providing easy access to PPE accessories.
Because the solution was based on a non-Asian population and PPE used in Australia, it was optimized to detect Asian features and a range of skin tones, and then tailored to SGH’s needs.
The custom solution includes three modes – PSA Buddy, Train and Practice and Visitor, validated by approximately 200 staff and hospital visitors. PPE Buddy guides staff on proper PPE wear; the training and exercise mode is for refresher training of staff; and Visitor Mode provides hospital visitors with step-by-step audio guidance and review before entering an isolation ward.
In the future, the hospital could still customize the Blue Mirror PPE instructor for disease-specific protocols, contact tracing purposes and image recognition for staff access, according to Ang Shin Yuh, deputy director of the SGH nursing department.
Fujifilm opens two more NURA health screening sites in India
Fujifilm Corporation plans to open two more NURA health screening centers in India.
The first NURA location opened in Bangalore in February last year. It is equipped with the company’s imaging equipment and AI-based IT systems for diagnostic support.
New locations will open in Gurugram on July 21 and in Mumbai by September, according to a press statement.
NURA centers are said to be able to complete health checks in around 120 minutes and provide results to patients right after screening.
The upcoming websites will allow users to check the screening results on their smartphones. These will also have a workflow using a wristband with a QR code to manage each visitor’s progress.
“The company will continue to establish new NURA sites to further expand its health screening services business in emerging markets, Fujifilm said in a statement.
VinUniversity, University of Illinois Open Biotech, Data Science Research Center in Vietnam
VinUniversity, a private university in Vietnam, partnered with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to establish a research center focused on biotechnology and data science.
The VinUni-Illinois Smart Health Center (VISHC) will “develop affordable and universally accessible smart health technologies to increase the efficiency of health systems and support early diagnosis and treatment.”
Specifically, VISHC will support the development of point-of-care devices, remote care and diagnostics, epidemiological monitoring of wastewater, and federated machine learning in precision medicine.
“Biotechnology and data science are the two key areas of this century. We want to focus on developing innovative healthcare solutions that can help millions of people worldwide,” said Minh Do, VISHC Director and Honorary Vice Provost of VinUni.
The Vingroup, which operates the VinUni, financed the newly founded research center with 13.5 million dollars.
VISHC is the first research center that the VinUni wants to set up together with its partner scientists and universities around the world.
India’s Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms sets up digital health accelerators
The Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), a life sciences technology center of the Indian Department of Biotechnology, has launched a digital health accelerator program to identify, fund and accelerate start-ups, working on technologies that improve health outcomes.
The India Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) will foster emerging digital health technology innovations aimed at improving affordability, access and quality of healthcare at scale in India.
“The IDHA program will aim to enable solutions that digitize screening, monitoring and telemedicine for faster diagnosis, better patient monitoring and improved healthcare for large populations not only in India but also beyond,” stated Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed, CEO and Director of C-CAMP, next .
The program offers pre-acceleration seed funding, 360-degree progression for six months with one-on-one support, business growth, international expansion, mentoring opportunities, a platform for technology presentations, and post-acceleration funding opportunities.
According to a press release, the NASSCOM Center of Excellence for IoT and AI will join IDHA as a technology partner, while PATH and the Public Health Foundation of India’s Center for Digital Health will serve as knowledge partners. The Department of Electronics and IT Start-up Hub are reportedly engaging in pre-acceleration investment activities through its SAMRIDH program and the US-based DigiLife Angel Fund.