Connected to Care
School of Health Sciences
Published on 25 May 2018
The centre demonstrates how telemedicine can aid the delivery of care for elderly patients.
Our nursing students are now able to hone their skills in telemedicine with the launch of the new NYP-StarHub Centre for Connected Care on May 22. They will also get training in best practices to transit patients from acute care in hospitals to long-term care at home. The primary targets here are the elderly and people living with dementia. Community nursing has been identified as a major growth area as one in four Singaporeans will be aged 65 years old and above by 2030. Then, one in 10 of our population aged 60 and above is also expected to develop dementia.
NYP will work with 10 partners at the Centre. They range from companies that design toys and activities for the elderly to those that provide digital infrastructure and smart technology. Among them is StarHub, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding with NYP at the opening of the Centre. The telco will ensure digital connectivity of the Centre and share its expertise in data analytics and other advanced technologies to facilitate the development of smart healthcare solutions.
Chief executive officer of the Alzheimer's Disease Association Mr Jason Foo, said: "This is a commendable initiative by Nanyang Polytechnic to support the dignified living of people with dementia and their family caregivers. Research has shown that we can slow down the progression of dementia when those with the condition continue to live in an environment that is therapeutic, engaging and safe for them. NYP's design of an ecosystem where health and social care can be integrated will be a boon for everyone - persons with dementia, their families and professional caregivers."