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Robotics, biomechanics key areas for new Singapore hub

Posted: 26 Sep 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:health care? robotics? biomechanics? Singapore?

Singapore is redefining the meaning of health care with innovative solutions for better patient outcomes. On Friday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced that the country is setting up a new rehabilitation research institute to develop constant improvements in the health sector.

In his speech at the opening of the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress 2014, Gan said the Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore (RRIS) will focus on studying stroke and neurological rehabilitation, clinical robotics and biomechanics. The centre will also work on developing computer games for rehabilitation.

RRIS is a cooperation between the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National Healthcare Group (NHG).

"The institute aims to develop innovative technologies in the field of rehabilitation medicine, by leveraging on the scientific, engineering and clinical expertise of its partners," Gan said.

Currently, NHG's Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) is using robotics and neuro-interfacing to help improve the care for patients. The hospital's Centre for Advanced Rehabilitation Therapeutics (CART), on the other hand, provides ambulatory outpatient rehabilitation consultations using innovative robotics and simulation games with traditional rehabilitation therapy, according to Gan.

"This novel approach better engages and motivates patients to go for therapy," Gan said.

- Jasmine Solana
??EE Times Asia

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