Several assistive technologies such as automated bathing machine and autonomous robot to raise patient care quality and productivity were showcased at Changi General Hospital (CGH) last week, Today reported.

The Tutti bathing system includes a wheelchair that can be docked directly into the bathtub, allowing patients with decreased mobility to take private baths. Rimo, meanwhile, is a robot that performs the physical task of going around the wards to facilitate communication between a bed-bound patient and another person such as a friend who lives far away.

Tutti and Rimo were among the 28 projects featured in a two-day showcase by CGH’s Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology (CHART), an event geared toward promoting the use of technologies to ease the workload of nurses and caregivers.

“Improving productivity is a very important priority for the healthcare sector... [We want] to have better patient outcomes, a better work environment for our healthcare workers, and also a better healthcare system that is more sustainable, as our population ages,” said Health Minister Chee Hong Tat during a visit to the CHART showcase.

“We have to bring in ideas and solutions from other sectors…combine them with our medical knowledge and procedures, and see how we can innovate and come out with a good solution,” added Chee.

Other projects on display included robotic transporters, convertible wheelchair beds, autonomous robotic floor scrubbers and cleaners, as well as various rehabilitative gadgets such as the wearable Rapael smart glove and a leg rehabilitation robot for physiotherapy.

Launched last year, CHART has struck partnerships with academic, industry and research institutions to develop healthcare solutions leveraging on robotics and assistive technologies in the areas of patient care, rehabilitation, logistics and operations.

CHART Director Selina Seah emphasised that early adoption of such technologies is necessary in bridging the gap between an increasing demand for healthcare and an inadequate workforce.

“If we do not take the chance now for transformation and improve productivity using enabling technologies, then we will be in a greater need for more nurses in the next 10 to 20 years, which we will not get,” Today quoted Seah. MIMS