Smartphone healthcare apps unveiled in Singapore

Health Innovation editors
10 Apr 2014
Daily News

Healthcare applications on smartphones for treatment-specific remote chronic disease management and patient monitoring services were unveiled in Singapore on World Health Day.

Delivered on a mobile app engine called “Borderless Clinic”, the apps - Smart Ageing, Heartsmart and Health Abacus - were developed by BH Mobile Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Borderless Healthcare Group (BHG), a global healthcare technology, media and telecommunication company founded by Singaporean doctor Dr. Wei Siang Yu.

Developed at a cost of $10 million, the apps aim to allow doctors to deliver first-level seamless healthcare management to their patients via remote/mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Patients can also reach their doctors without having to go to the clinics for basic medical queries.

”Given our multilingual, multiracial, multicultural population and our compact size, in addition to the government’s commitment to high technology standards, Singapore is a great place to introduce new technologies. As Singaporeans, our focus is on enabling the country to be the first in the world to reap the benefits of healthcare innovation," Yu said.

He noted that Singapore has a fast-ageing population and it is vital for the country to tap new technologies to provide sustainable healthcare solutions.

"These apps are affordable, user-friendly and readily accessible via mobile devices such as smartphone and tablets. With the apps, which are delivered on a secure platform, you can check your medical queries anywhere with the doctor of your choice,” he said.

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