Innovation Challenges

Challenge Owner(s)
St Luke’s Eldercare, National Healthcare Group (NHG), SingHealth, National University Health System (NUHS)
Enterprise Singapore (ESG), Ministry of Health (MOH), National Health Innovation Centre (NHIC)
Industry Type(s)
Healthcare, ICT and Media
Opportunities and Support Winners will gain the opportunity to co-develop, test-bed and deploy solutions with healthcare clusters.
Application Start Date 5 November 2020
Application End Date 21 December 2020
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About Challenge


COVID-19 tested healthcare systems around the world and highlighted the need for healthcare to be more resilient in the face of adversity. In the post-covid new normal, efforts to revolutionize healthcare has revealed boundless opportunities for innovations to enable this transformation.

Enterprise Singapore, in partnership with five of Singapore’s leading healthcare providers, brings you the Healthcare Open Innovation Challenge. The Challenge leverages Singapore’s leading healthcare system, providing a unique opportunity for enterprises to engage with clinicians and healthcare providers throughout development.

If you have an innovative technological solution that improves the processes within healthcare delivery, enhance patient management and engagement, and form a complete seamless care continuum, this is for you. Successful participants stand to receive grant funding and the chance to co-develop, testbed and deploy your solutions with our healthcare providers.


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Challenge Owner(s)
St Luke’s Eldercare, National Healthcare Group (NHG)
Industry Types(s)Healthcare

St Luke’s Eldercare, National Healthcare Group (NHG)

How might we improve medication compliance among senior patients at home and at Senior Care Centres?

What We Are Looking For

Poor adherence to treatment regimens has long been recognised as a substantial roadblock to achieving better outcomes for patients. As many as half of all patients do not adhere faithfully to their prescription medication regimens. This affects the ability of clinicians to provide accurate follow-up recommendations. Clinicians might increase the prescribed dose if they are led to believe that the treatment is ineffective thus far, when in fact the patient is not following the medication regimen.

This non-compliance issue is prevalent amongst senior patients due to a myriad of reasons:

  • Behavioural factors — The senior skips doses because he/she is avoiding certain medications due to its side effects, or does not understand the effectiveness of medicines at specific timings or after meals
  • Personal reasons — The senior (or the caregiver) forgets the details of the medication regimen (time or dosage) or misses a dose because of everyday activities.

Those seniors attending Senior Care Centres (SCCs), such as the 23 operated by St Luke’s Eldercare, are assisted with their medication compliance by the SCC staff. Medications are packed and handed to the staff by the senior or his/her caregiver. The seniors are then given their medications at their respective designated times. Therefore, knowledge of the individual medication regimen and the receipt of the right medications and dosage (already packed for each senior) are important. The SCC staff could potentially verify that the medication has been taken.

We are looking for a holistic solution that addresses the entire medication compliance process and its stakeholders. Unlike many commercially available devices, like smart pillboxes, the solution should factor in consumer (seniors) insights and behaviour, not just the use of technology. The solution could be introduced during an inpatient stay, when the patient and/or caregiver is taught medication self-administration, which could lead to improved adherence after discharge. Ideally, it should enable the traceability of medication and close the loop such that the clinicians are assured that the medication is taken correctly.

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Challenge Owner(s)
SingHealth, National University Health System (NUHS)
Industry Types(s)
Healthcare, Professional Services

SingHealth, National University Health System (NUHS)

How might we have real-time oversight and overview of resources (manpower, infrastructure, equipment, operating rooms) and patient movement across the perioperative setting?

What We Are Looking For

The Operating Theatre (OT) is a costly resource in an acute hospital. Optimising the utilisation of OT resources may lead to a reduction in wait time to surgery thereby increasing access to care for patients. Currently, scheduling and utilisation of OT resources such as manpower, equipment and infrastructure (including operating rooms) are optimised manually. This challenge is exacerbated as a result of last-minute surgical cancellations due to no-shows or patients falling ill on the day of surgery.

We envision a platform with real-time oversight and visibility of resources and patient movement. This platform would enhance our ability to optimise OT utilisation through the use of visualisation tools and predictive capabilities. There are opportunities to leverage AI to better predict the risk of cancellation, so that appropriate decisions and action may be taken. The outcome is to optimise freed-up OT slots. This may improve access to care for patients who require an urgent procedure, whilst generating significant cost savings for the hospital.

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