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Singapore boosts healthcare IT

Veronica C. Silva | May 3, 2011
The government’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is working with Motorola to build a regional ecosystem for mobile applications for the healthcare sector.

As part of the push to make the Lion City an all-digital economy, the Singapore government is working with a private sector partner to develop mobile applications for the healthcare industry.

The IDA - Singapore's agency responsible for developing the country's IT and telecommunications sector - has forged a two-year partnership - effective from effective from April 1, 2011 - with Motorola Solutions for the Health Innovation Program.

The program aims to develop applications for the healthcare sector for local consumption and for eventual export to region.

Under the partnership, Motorola Solutions has committed to help nurture innovative mobile applications based on Motorola's mobile solutions. Motorola will also work with its network of partners, including independent software vendors, to showcase trials or pilot sites.

Andrew Khaw, senior director, with the IDA's Industry Development Group, said the partnership was "in line with IDA's mission of building a vibrant infocomm landscape in Singapore and we look forward to strong industry collaboration to address the healthcare opportunities."

Healthcare sector

A joint announcement cited an IDC Health Insights forecast 2011, which pointed to digitising health records in the Asia Pacific region as a priority. This is because the healthcare sector must respond to market demands and implement seamless operations to be competitive.

 "Healthcare IT spending across the region is increasing both in private and public hospitals and the demand for better delivery and quality of patient care is also growing," said Grace Ho, director, business development (Healthcare), Motorola Solutions Asia Pacific. "We strongly believe that this partnership is the key to our success to grow our local healthcare sector.

"Through our collaboration with IDA, we will play an active role in developing local mobile healthcare solutions. Our joint goal is also to enrich the capabilities of our local healthcare partner ecosystem so as to deliver better patient care, higher operational efficiencies and contribute to making healthcare accessible and affordable."


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