New hospital in Singapore to use AI, smartbands and robotics to improve patient care

Yon Heong Tung
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Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said that using smart technology will accelerate treatment and rehabilitation processes

Artist impression of the new Woodlands Health Campus (WHC)

Singapore’s healthcare industry is accelerating smart tech integration to improve patient care. In a report by Channel NewsAsia, health minister Gan Kim Yong said a new hospital called the Woodlands Health Campus (WHC) will have AI capabilities to help clinicians analyse data and diagnose cases more efficiently.

The WHC is expected to be launched in 2022 in phases. It will feature an integrated acute and community hospital, specialist outpatient clinics and long-term care facilities, and will be able to serve up to 935,000 patients.

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Besides AI, electronic wristbands will also be issued to patients so that the hospital can keep tabs on them and track their medication and rehabilitation schedules accurately. It will also be used to track patients’ heartbeat and sleep patterns.

On the back-end logistics side, robotics will augment workers by automating housekeeping and delivery of food and sterile medical supplies.

WHC will also move services such as payment, ordering of medication, check-in, registration and filing of medical information online.

Image Credit: Alexandra Health System

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