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National Infocomm Award winners include a smartphone with ECG

08-Oct-2010 (Fri) News, TODAY

By Sara Grosse

SINGAPORE — From smartphones that monitor your health to a user-friendly website to satisfy your appetite, the National Infocomm Awards (NIA) recognised Singapore’s most innovative use of technology yesterday.

In all, 13 companies were presented Singapore’s highest accolade for infocomm innovation by Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, at a gala dinner.

Developed by Ephone International, the EPI Life phone has a built-in electrocardiogram chip that captures a user’s heart beat accurately. This is sent to a 24-hour call centre, which will determine if the ECG is normal or not.

Ephone International medical director Chow U-Jin explained: “If I’m having palpitations or chest pains right now, I whip it out of my pocket and within 5 seconds activate the ECG.”

Another winner is an intelligent barcode system deployed at NUH and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, which allows nurses to tell which pills patients are required to take at the correct time.

Said NUH chief medical information officer James Yip: “In the past was that all the orders were written on just one sheet of paper and this data had to be shared between the doctors, the nurses and pharmacists.”

With the new intelligent system, doctors’ orders are transcribed electronically and the tablets are barcoded, which helps reduce human errors.


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