Roundup: Singapore General Hospital to deploy AI-powered PPE verification tool and other memories

Singapore General Hospital to Adopt AI-Powered Tool for Correct Wearing of PPE

Singapore General Hospital (SGH) will soon deploy a New Zealand digital tool to ensure the correct wearing of personal protective equipment before entering an isolation facility.

The hospital has partnered with Blue Mirror to adopt its PPE Instructor tool, which has been customized to enable automated counseling and checks based on SGH’s PPE protocol.

The AI ​​and cloud-based tool turns a tablet into a digital mirror. It is mounted on a tripod, making it easy to transport to areas of need with easy access to PPE supplies.

Since the solution was based on a non-Asian population and the PPE used in Australia, it was modified to recognize Asian characteristics and a range of skin tones, then tailored to meet GHS needs.

The customized solution includes three modes – the PPE Buddy, Train and Practice and Visitor, which have been validated by approximately 200 hospital staff and visitors. PPE Buddy guides staff in the proper wearing of PPE; Train and Practice mode is for personnel refresher training; and Visitor Mode provides an audio guide and step-by-step verification for hospital visitors before entering an isolation ward.

Going forward, the hospital could still customize the Blue Mirror PPE instructor for disease-specific protocol, contact tracing and image recognition purposes for staff access, according to Ang Shin. Yuh, Deputy Director of SGH’s Nursing Division.


Fujifilm to Open 2 Additional NURA Health Screening Sites in India

Fujifilm Corporation is set to open two more NURA medical screening centers in India.

The first NURA site was opened in Bangalore in February last year. It is equipped with the company’s imaging devices and AI-based computer systems for diagnostic assistance.

According to a press release, new sites will open in Gurugram on July 21 and in Mumbai in September.

NURA centers are said to be able to perform checkups in about 120 minutes and provide results to patients right after screening.

Upcoming sites will allow users to check screening results on their smartphones. These will also have a workflow that uses 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 medical screening services business in emerging countries,” Fujifilm said in a statement.


VinUniversity, University of Illinois open biotech, data science research center in Vietnam

VinUniversity, a private university in Vietnam, has established a research center focused on biotechnology and data science with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The VinUni-Illinois Smart Health Center (VISHC) will “develop affordable and widely 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 surveillance of wastewater, and federated machine learning in precision medicine.

“Biotechnology and data science are the two central areas of this century. We want to focus on developing innovative healthcare solutions that can be used to serve millions of people around the world,” noted Minh Do, Director of VISHC and Honorary Vice Rector of VinUni.

The Vingroup, which operates VinUni, provided $13.5 million in funding for the newly created research center.

VISHC is the first of the research centers that VinUni plans to establish with its scientific and academic partners around the world.


India’s Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms sets up digital health accelerator

The Center for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP), a life sciences technology hub under the Indian Department of Biotechnology, has launched a digital health accelerator program to identify, fund and accelerate startups working on technologies that improve health outcomes.

The India Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) will foster emerging technological innovations in digital health that aim to improve the affordability, access and quality of healthcare delivery at scale in India.

“The IDHA program will seek to enable solutions that digitize screening, monitoring and telehealth for faster diagnosis, better patient monitoring and better healthcare delivery for large populations, not only in India but also across the country. beyond,” C-CAMP CEO and Director Dr. Taslimarif Saiyed explained. .

The program will offer pre-acceleration seed funding, 360-degree advancement for six months with personalized one-on-one support, business growth, international expansion, mentorship opportunity, technology showcase platform, and funding opportunities post-acceleration.

Based on a press release, the NASSCOM Center of Excellence for IoT and AI will join IDHA as a technology partner, while PATH and the Center for Digital Health at the Public Health Foundation of India will serve as knowledge partners. The Ministry of Electronics and IT Start-up Hub, through its SAMRIDH program, and the US-based DigiLife Angel Fund would participate in pre-acceleration investment activities.