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World’s First Smartphone Clinic Apps Launched

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People in Singapore will be the first in the world to use new and innovative healthcare application (apps) on their smartphones from this month.

The apps, which are unveiled on World Health Day, will enable doctors to extend delivery of healthcare to patients beyond the confines of their physical clinics. They will also enable patients to reach their doctors without having to go to the clinics for basic medical queries, dramatically transforming the role of technology in the delivery of healthcare in Singapore.

Delivered on a mobile app engine called “Borderless Clinic”, the apps, Smart Ageing, Heartsmart and Health Abacus are the brainchild of homegrown company – BH Mobile Pte Ltd – a subsidiary of Borderless Healthcare Group (BHG), a global healthcare technology, media and telecommunication industry leader.

Developed at a cost of US$10 million, the system will equip doctors to deliver first-level seamless healthcare management to their patients via remote/mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, etc. The Smart Ageing and Heartsmart apps are available for download from 7 April 2014, while Health Abacus will be available by 15 April 2014. The apps, which can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store or Google Play, are in English and will be made available in other languages later.

Helping Patients Care for Themselves

Subscribers of the mobile clinic apps will be able to use easy-to-understand inter-operable or data-sharing FDA-approved devices which can help them monitor basic indicators such as blood pressure and blood glucose levels, as well as use wearables and other accessories that are seamlessly integrated with the smart apps.

More Secured, Efficient, Productive Remote Patient Management Support for Doctors

The healthcare apps will not just be a boon for patients. They serve as great tools for medical professionals to more efficiently deliver patient services and help enhance patients’ drug and therapy adherence. Doctors can easily develop their own customised apps using the Borderless Clinic app engine to best suit specific needs. These apps will be particularly useful in the management of chronic diseases, post-surgery management, geriatric care and paediatrics, where caregivers and persons needing care may require regular, standby medical attention.

 

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