• Singapore's HSA recalls 584 faulty HIV screening kits for possible false negative results
    The Health Science Authority (HSA) has recalled 584 faulty HIV screening kits, in view of reports received alleging that some people in the early stages of HIV infection could have received false negative results. As a precautionary measure, HSA said all 36 healthcare facilities in Singapore have been told to turn to other brands of rapid HIV test kits until further notice.
  • Singapore develops app on post-natal care to guide new parents
    With the development of a mobile application by NUS and NUH, parents of newborns in Singapore can soon have basic post-natal care information at their fingertips.
  • The reflex hammer: A trusty tool that continues to stay in the doctor’s office
    Today, a reflex hammer is one of the most used tools in a doctor’s office and is now nearly 130 years old. So how did it come about?
  • Big data analytics may lead to improvements in healthcare
    Big data analytics manages complex date sets that are difficult to administer with traditional tools. This has made hospital operations easier and also improved patients’ health to a great extent.
  • How to use patient engagement to make your practice more valuable
    Medical practices that are considered successful make use of the patient engagement tools by optimising the patient portals usage and using mobile technology to connect with patients.
  • News Bites: Colour-changing faeces can diagnose gut diseases, Silkworms could fix ear drums
    This week, researchers manipulated two nanoparticles to communicate with one another to perform a biological task for the first time, leading to potential cancer treatments. An electrode cap developed by US researchers has allowed paralysed stroke patients to control limbs again, and by chance, the cause of certain types of hair loss has been discovered, paving way for drug discovery opportunities.
  • How technology is helping nurses build patient engagement
    The integration of technology in healthcare is known to increase patient engagement and improve health outcomes. Previous studies conducted in outpatient settings have shown that the HIT system can enhance patient engagement and facilitate communication with care providers.
  • Health IT Master Plan 2021: Singapore on track to having one of the most IT-enabled healthcare systems globally
    Health Minister Gan Kim Yong introduced initiatives that the Ministry of Health has taken to enhance its Health IT Master Plan at the National Health IT Summit on 30 May. The initiatives mainly integrate information technology into the many facets of healthcare including predictive analytics to identify patients who need extra care.
  • NUH Singapore develops improved treatment for glaucoma
    A unique advanced glaucoma treatment developed by the National University Hospital (NUH) in Singapore has been garnering a lot of global attention.
  • The man and his accidental invention: The pacemaker
    Like most great inventions, the pacemaker came about by accident. Seasoned inventor and engineer, Wilson Greatbatch revolutionised the world of cardiology with the first implantation of the pacemaker in the 1960s. Since then, the pacemaker has continued to enrich millions of lives around the world
  • Singapore government to implement VR in clinical education
    The Singapore government is exploring the use of virtual reality (VR) for clinical education through a joint-effort by Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) with Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), alongside local tech and visual effects company, SideFX Studios (SideFX). Not only will this new implementation complement conventional methods of clinical training – it will significantly reduce time and cost.
  • NUS unveils cost-effective, time-savvy CLiKX to treat OME
    CLiKX, a novel handheld device for the treatment of a common ear complaint that could significantly improve current surgical methods have been developed by the researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). The first of its kind, researchers claim the device can reduce costs, manpower, and resources needed.
  • News Bites: Lymphatic vessels found to extend into the brain, Automated drill speeds up cranial surgery times
    This week, Japanese researchers manage to produce healthy baby mice using space-freeze-dried sperm—proving that space conditions could still allow life to be formed. Researchers from the University of Southern California have developed a stick-on patch that notifies users when sunblock should be reapplied. There is also an international consensus for clinical trials to be more transparent and unbiased, regardless of the results.