Updated on 19 November 2014
Singapore: Here are some more of the innovations making waves in the healthcare sector.
Portable Ultrasound system
Developed in Australia, the palm sized ultrasound system is to help medical practitioners assess a patient at the point-of-care and enables rapid production of high resolution images for diseases including bladder catheterization, paracentesis, thoracentesis, wound management, and fetal presentation assessment. The device helps in bringing down the cost of diagnostics to a more affordable price than conventional ultrasound systems. The ultrasound device weighs less than 400 grams and can be used by simply plugging the hand-held display unit or ultrasound probe directly into windows based PC, laptop, or tablet.
Clinical search engine
ClinicalKey, developed in the US, is a search engine that includes key answers based on a large collection of clinical resources in one place online, representing every medical and surgical specialty and information at all levels, from expert opinion to primary data only for medical practioners. The search engine draws information from a large collection of clinical resources, covering medical and surgical specialties. The content is drawn from an information bank of more than 700 textbooks and 400 medical journals, providing the most current clinically relevant evidence-based answers.
ClinicalKey is tagged with a defined taxonomy that makes the information pooling of clinical terms more specific and exact related to required information. Specialty-specific tools enable physicians to quickly go from topic overview to in-depth specialty information to meet clinical challenges.
Alzheimer's tracking game
Pfizer has partnered with a game developer, Akili Interactive Labs, to determine if the game, Neuroracer, developed by neuroscientist Mr Adam Gazzaley can detect early signs of Alzheimer's or dementia in healthy ageing population. NeuroRacer is a video game for adult population that requires a person to multitask in a race and the speed and performance detects focusing ability and memory power. The pharmaceutical and gaming companies are conducting clinical trials to assess the gaming performance to detect early Alzheimer's symptoms.