Ericsson to supply mobile health solution to Changi General and Gleneagles hospitals in Singapore

Stockholm 21 September 2006Ericsson, Parkway Hospital and SingHealth have signed a collaboration agreement to deploy Ericsson Mobile Health solution for the remote patient monitoring in the Changi General and Gleneagles Hospitals in Singapore. Under the project Ericsson will supply and manage its mobile health solution that will be trialed at some of the hospitals' Acute Care Wards, specialized in patients that require round-the-clock monitoring due to chronic illnesses such as stroke, asthma and diabetes.

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The solution will enable automated collection and real-time monitoring of the patients' vital signs, such as heart and breathing rates, oxygen saturation and blood pressure. The precision and timeliness of this information will enable hospital staff to provide appropriate medical assistance to the patients.

The patients only need to be fitted with lightweight and wearable health sensors that will collate and securely transmit the required data via Bluetooth to a communication module, which is connected to the hospitals' servers using WLAN technology. The information stored in the servers can be conveniently accessed by designated hospital staff from their workstations.

This will significantly increase the productivity and efficiency levels of both hospitals' staff as they are now able to keep track of patients' well-being and evaluate the support required in real time, remotely and quickly.

Kenneth Thean, General Manager of Information Systems, Parkway Hospitals Singapore, stated: "This project will help us be more effective in deploying the nursing staff and at the same time improving the quality of patient care." Ang Boon Hock, Changi General Hospital's Assistant Director of Nursing, stated: "The mobile health monitoring project can improve the timeliness in recording vital signs and can alert doctors and nurses quickly of any changes in a patient's condition."

Ann Emilson, President, Ericsson Singapore, stated: "Derived from one of the health care initiatives driven by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), this venture is the first step towards making hassle free medical services possible to Singaporeans. Ericsson is proud and happy to be given the chance to support the local government's initiative in ensuring the well-being of its citizens."

The Ericsson Mobile Health solution can also be deployed on wireless networks, allowing patients to receive medical care and assistance anytime, anywhere. Ericsson is shaping the future of Mobile and Broadband Internet communications through its continuous technology leadership. Providing innovative solutions in more than 140 countries, Ericsson is helping to create the most powerful communication companies in the world.

Changi General Hospital (CGH) is a 776-bed restructured hospital located in the east of Singapore. A merger of Toa Payoh Hospital and Changi Hospital, CGH is designated to serve as a health care hub for the community in the east. It offers a comprehensive range of medical and paramedical services which include general medicine, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, emergency medicine, radiology, anaesthesia, urology, geriatric medicine, rehabilitation medicine, ENT, eye, gastro-enterology, psychological medicine, neurology, dermatology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, neurosurgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, breast surgery, laboratory medicine, psychological medicine, multiphasic health screening and sports medicine. CGH is a member of the SingHealth cluster.

Parkway Hospitals Singapore owns East Shore, Gleneagles and Mount Elizabeth Hospitals. Its parent company, Parkway Holdings is one of Asia's most prominent health care organisations with an extensive network of hospitals and integrated health care facilities in the region. Gleneagles Hospital is a 380-bed private tertiary acute care hospital. It provides a wide range of medical and surgical services for the total management of patients.


Leslie Versweyveld

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