Singapore-based HeartVoice, which was formed in February 2019 as a joint venture between both iAPPS and Omron Healthcare, announced last week that it will extend the use of its telehealth platform to all healthcare providers for free in the country until 31 July, 2020. HeartVoice said the reason for this was to support safe distancing amongst the public and contribute to the fight against COVID-19 situation.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT
The startup brings together a suite of healthcare technological solutions in the form of remote patient monitoring, kiosk and teleconsultation - all integrated into a secure and user-friendly platform. When it comes to remote patient monitoring, patients can choose to manually enter their vital signs using the free HeartVoice app or track them using Bluetooth-enabled devices with instantaneous transfer of that data to their Doctor’s Dashboard.
Healthcare providers can also adopt the use of HeartVoice kiosk in their clinics to help patients seamlessly capture their vital signs and keep track of their records. The HeartVoice kiosk is a compact kiosk that consists of OMRON Bluetooth-enabled blood pressure and body composition monitors connected to an iPad with the deployed HeartVoice app.
These providers can in turn obtain real-time and reliable vital signs recordings at a glance and customize an accurate personalized treatment plan for their patients. The Doctor Dashboard also allows for healthcare providers to set thresholds, sort and filter patients to perform necessary interventions.
In addition to remote patient monitoring, HeartVoice also provides a comprehensive teleconsultation solution. Key features include an integrated appointment booking system, high quality video consultation experience, personalized medication delivery and a secure online payment gateway.
THE LARGER TREND
In the national and global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous healthtech or digital health startups have stepped up on their own or in partnership with healthcare providers and/or insurance providers, to provide a suite of services including telehealth consultations and even mental health support.
Last month, Singapore-headquartered telehealth startup Doctor Anywhere launched their COVID-19 Medical Advisory Clinic video consultation service in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, MobiHealthNews reported. Digital health company, Intellect launched their CBT-based digital therapy app to help those who might be suffering from distress during the pandemic situation.
ON THE RECORD
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought significant challenges to our healthcare systems and in particular its mode of delivery. Telemedicine has certainly taken on a new significance in today’s delivery of healthcare and it is important that we implement it safely and effectively,” said Adj Asst/Prof Lim Hong Shen, Medical Director of A Medical Clinic, Everton Park, who is an early adopter of HeartVoice’s telehealth platform.