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Singapore improves care for geriatric patients

Anuradha Shukla | Jan. 26, 2016
Launches first networked care pilot in the country.

Singapore has launched a pilot project to improve the quality of care provided to geriatric patients in the country.

This initiative is launched in partnership with SAP SE, Sierra Solutions and ACE Seniors, a Singapore-based social enterprise and interest group offering a holistic approach towards successful ageing. Local care organisations including Alzheimer's Disease Association Singapore (ADA) and Centre For Seniors (CFS) will also take part in this initiative.

This pilot is facilitated by a unique app called eCareApp, which is designed to help carers and their families connect with advocacy and healthcare programs.

"Because Singapore is ageing, there will be more people suffering from maladies like dementia and Alzheimer's, and more caregivers are struggling to care for their loved ones," said Andy David, director for Healthcare in the Asia Pacific region at SAP. "Innovations like Networked Care can empower family members to better care for patients affordably and efficiently."

Singapore-specific resources

For this pilot, five to 10 family groups from each of the local care organisations will trial the Networked Care application, which provides Singapore-specific resources.

Expert content and family-centric insights on age-related illnesses such as dementia will also be provided in this initiative that will run in the first half of 2016.

Networked Care is said to allow people to learn about a family member's condition, share knowledge, and track daily progress.

This application is also designed to provide a platform to publish best practices and allow people to collaborate through a private journal to take preventative action and track daily progress.

"We want to alleviate the burden on family members who are caring for ageing relatives, by creating a connected support network that can help families provide better care for those with age-related illnesses," said Dr. Bee Wan Tan, executive chairman, ACE Seniors. "The Networked Care pilot brings the care network onto a single online platform where users can gain instant access to expert opinions, best practices on caregiving, as well as share their experiences with other family members who are faced with the same situation. More importantly, it assists our seniors to age in place."


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