Biodesign programme to be launched in Singapore
Stanford University Biodesign Program and Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology & Research, and the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) have come together to develop a new training programme called Biodesign to train the next generation of Asian leaders who can develop innovative medical devices to address Asia’s growing healthcare needs. The Singapore program will provide a fellowship for four Asian fellows to go to Stanford for six months of training in the Biodesign process. First hand experience will be given to the fellows in determining clinical needs in hospitals and clinics. They will subsequently develop solutions to address these clinical needs through new medical device technologies and bring concepts to the prototype or proof-of-concept stage.
These fellows will come from different disciplines (engineering, medicine, business) that represent key segments of Stanford’s Biodesign process to invent, develop, and commercialize innovative medical devices. Medical technology constitutes a key part of Singapore’s biomedical sciences sector, which comprises about 4 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. About 600 researchers in 30 global Medtech companies are helping to put Singapore at the forefront of advances in Medtech innovation, as they seek to develop new products to address health- care needs in Asia and beyond.
Siemens signs agreement to license Microsoft HealthVault
Microsoft Corp. and Siemens AG (through its Siemens IT Solutions and Services division) have announced the signing of a licensing agreement to introduce Microsoft HealthVault in Germany to enable its citizens to store, manage and share health data with physicians, hospitals and pharmacies. HealthVault, a personal health application platform that enables individuals to store their health information including immunizations, disease history and prescriptions in an online account and make them available to healthcare providers and family members that they select. Siemens will be the exclusive operator of HealthVault in Germany and will market the platform to developers, application providers and device manufacturers to join the service and provide citizens with tools that will help foster dynamic, trusted and personalized healthcare. Users can store information from multiple sources, including medical monitoring devices, to measure things like blood pressure, pulse and weight; diagnostic findings from general practitioners and medical specialists; imaging procedures; and training plans developed by physiotherapists and rehabilitation facilities. In addition to manually entering the information, data from certified devices can be transferred through a personal computer into HealthVault accounts using HealthVault connection Centre.
Users are able to access their data virtually anytime, from anywhere, and decide for themselves who is granted access to the information. Siemens will host all stored health data in security-enhanced data centres in Germany. To help protect consumer privacy, user data is transmitted through an encrypted connection over the internet. As their own health managers, users keep control of the information stored in HealthVault and can decide the people who are permitted access. This is going to be a reliable and competent partnership that can jointly bring innovative solutions to the German healthcare system.
Apollo Hospital’s plan for huge investment in two years
Apollo Hospitals will invest around Rs 1,800 crore in the next two years for increasing the number of hos