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MSI-IDA initiative delivers made in Singapore mobile healthcare solutions

F.Y. Teng | April 12, 2012
The joint incubation programme by Motorola Solutions and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore now offers successful marketable solutions.

Senior executives at Motorola Solutions Asia Pacific (the regional office of global giant Motorola Solutions, Inc., or MSI) issued a statement to the press on Wednesday (April 11, 2012) announcing that they will be rolling out soon several "local mobile healthcare solutions" that came out of its collaboration with the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) intended to drive the development of healthcare mobility applications in Singapore and the rest of the Asia Pacific region.

Called the MSI-IDA Healthcare Innovation Program, the joint initiative has seen the enrolment of more than 15 Singapore partners in its first year and has generated close to S$1 million in software and hardware revenues for MSI partners. (It was launched on April 1, 2011.)

Under the programme, MSI and IDA representatives work with enrolled partners "to drive healthcare mobility applications development expertise in homegrown enterprises" to bring to market solutions such as "routing and scheduling mobile dispatch solutions, as well as home health monitoring systems which connect devices to medical devices for vital signs monitoring via Bluetooth," MSI executives said in the statement.

Two Singapore partners-Elderwise Living and LANWorks-are showcasing their mobile solutions at the Ageing Asia Investment Forum (Singapore, April 10-13, 2011). Elderwise Living put together a solution using MSI's Enterprise Digital Assistant ES400 to help "field workers from Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society's Elderly Care centre with automated workforce scheduling and remote task management and tracking," MSI executives said. "[And] LANWorks' mobile solution focuses on an integrated web-based management solution to manage patient profile and administration for convalescent homes using Motorola Solutions' ET1 Enterprise Tablet."

The other partners whose enterprise mobile solutions are either currently undergoing trials or running pilots in local healthcare clusters include: SQL View, Napier Healthcare, Medisys, Y3 Technologies, Cadi Scientific, Ace Vision, Cicada Cube, KOOPrime, HutCabb, Autoscan, Care Inc and KenLab.

The Senior Director of the Industry Development Group at the IDA, Andrew Khaw, who was on hand to comment on the joint initiative said that the enrolled partners had "benefitted from Motorola's leadership in mobile-enabled solutions and have contributed new innovations to Motorola's suite for the healthcare sector."

"We are seeing a trend where a range of industry sectors are using technology as a tool to differentiate and to compete, and are embracing co-innovation with partners as a means to speed up access to innovation," said Khaw. "The Motorola Solutions partnership helps Singapore-based technology companies and application developers to participate in this growth opportunity and we look forward to seeing their solutions being productised and monetised in the local and regional enterprise mobility markets".


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