Smart Health coLAB
In a Smart Nation, we drive the management of healthy lifestyles and its integration with the healthcare system through the smart use of data and new technologies, both hardware and software.
Utilising Internet of Things and wearables makes self-management of health easier and cheaper, and paves the way for a connected health platform for consumers, healthcare professionals and providers.
We created a whole week of health-related activities from 11 to 16 May 2015 to bring the community together to ‘play’ with technology and data, create new use cases and demonstrate how the role of “Smart Health” addresses changes in demographics and lifestyles, particularly in areas of rising concern such as obesity and chronic diseases, care for our seniors, etc.
Everyone was welcome to join the coLAB – whether they are data scientists, behavioural psychologists, healthcare professionals, policy makers, technologists, designers, marketers, students, mums or dads.
This was a focused week of activities, packed with content and discussions. Participants were encouraged to come and discover, network and hack. They had the opportunity to learn from health professionals, tech and data experts and mentors.
Interested start-ups / SMEs and innovation teams in large corporates were invited to share their insights, case studies, data or technology at the events.
Tackling Chronic DiseasesBackground Chronic conditions like Type 2 diabetes and hypertension are becoming more prevalent, with a significant portion of the patients being younger working adults. These worsening health trends can be explained by unhealthy lifestyle habits, which are directly linked to the chronic diseases. Fortunately, most chronic diseases can be prevented through behaviour changes, such as increasing physical activity, improving eating habits and adhering to medical advice/prescriptions. We already know that technology is a very useful tool for monitoring health and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If applied correctly, it might be the key to solving Singapore’s health problems. Individuals and organisations around the world are already studying ways in which technology can help prevent chronic diseases, whether it is through data analytics, social networks or wearables.
Technology• What technology solutions can we develop to drive adoption of healthy behaviours? • How can technology be utilised to prevent Type 2 diabetes and hypertension from taking hold?
Data• How can we use Smart Data / Big Data to rewrite our future of ill health? • How can data inform prototypes to prevent, slow or stop the progression of disease? What are the new ways of doing things we can explore and innovative services we can design and create?
Zuellig Switch ChallengeBackground We all know we should better manage what we eat. Part of the problem is keeping track of the carbs, protein and fats we consume . We all start food logs with the best intentions but let’s face it the good intentions don’t last long!
EventsWhile attendance at the Smart Health Futures or other workshops was not compulsory for the Health Hack, we recommended that participants attend the workshops they’re interested in to give them exposure to the topic. All participants were expected to abide by UP Singapore’s Code of Conduct.
Smart Health Futures WorkshopThe coLAB kicked off with an introduction to the topics and issues related to health / Smart Health. And then we went deeper into chronic diseases, which relate to 48% of Singapore’s disease burden. Two of the biggest chronic diseases are hypertension and diabetes, both heavily influenced by lifestyle factors.
Data and Tech WorkshopWhat new products and services can data, analytics and new technologies drive? How can Quantified Self – ‘quantifying’, recording and analysing measurements of oneself using smart phones, wearables, etc. – impact Smart Health? Tech leaders explained their technologies, APIs / SDKs, and case studies.
Smart Health Services WorkshopWhat does Health 2.0 look like? We invited start-ups / SMEs and corporates to share how they’ve pulled together technologies and data to address a particular challenge in the health space.
Networking NightAs a precursor to the Smart Health Hack Day, we organised this session specially to give participants a chance to come together, discuss their ideas and form teams. It gave attendees the opportunity to engage with their fellow participants and start thinking about what they wanted to work on for the Hack Day.
Smart Health HackThe Smart Health Hack gave attendees the opportunity to meet passionate people working in digital health and the Health 2.0 movement, and form new connections with like-minded innovators. They also connected with technology gurus and expert developers, and share their expertise with the less experienced. The Hack was a “playground” for developers, start-up teams, and anyone interested in Smart Health to experiment with, play with a range of health data / APIs, technologies, devices, and demonstrate through their prototype how they might address the challenge.
ExpertsDuring the week, we brought in experts ranging from medical and healthcare professionals, to health-tech startups, to established healthcare organisations. Here are the mentors who were present during the Hack Day (Saturday) to help teams with their ideas, judges for the final presentations and speakers that we heard from.
MentorsDr. Adam Chee, Chief Advocacy Officer, BinaryHealthCare Balaji Venkatesan, Head of Product Development, Patient Solutions, Zuellig Pharma Julien de Salaberry, Chief Innovation Officer, The Propell Group Bill Barman, Founder, Anantya Bill is very passionate about open source technology and now mostly works on Linux and iPhone/Mac OS x. Some of his current projects include working with startup company Silverline to develop a Linux based Bluetooth Low Energy and ZWave communications hub and fitness tracking website using Fitbit and Moves as part of a research study for a local university. In his spare time Bill builds gadgets and at previous Singapore Hackathon events he has built a number of Arduino based hardware prototypes. Niels Kemp Rasmussen, Founder & CEO, Kemp & Associates Niels is a senior professional with more than 20 years as a leader and innovator, having worked for several large MNCs in Europe and Asia, as well as leading large cross-cultural teams across Asia Pacific. Niels founded the specialist consultancy Kemp & Associates in 2010, focused on Behaviours & Change, providing consulting, advistory, training and coaching to a wide range of MNC clients world-wide. Niels delivers a unique understanding of organisations, their strategies, values and culture, combined with an equally sharp understanding of workspace, behaviours and change.
JudgesBalaji Venkatesan, Head of Product Development, Patient Solutions, Zuellig Pharma Julien de Salaberry, Chief Innovation Officer, The Propell Group Eddy Chan, Marketing Technology Leader, Kimberly-Clark
Data & APIsWe collated a number of public and private datasets and APIs for the participants. Check out the list below of health, wellbeing and fitness-related APIs that were available for participants to use for the Smart Health Hack. At the coLAB, participants were also be able to plug into the datasets and APIs hosted on DEX via the DEX API.
Steps to getting access to datasets:1. Create an account on dex.sg. 2. Use keywords like “Smart Health” and “healthcare” to search. 3. Request access from private organisations. If you have any questions about the datasets or getting access, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthcare Datasets on DEX• Claims and lifestyle datasets from ConnexionsAsia • Glucose monitoring readings from a patient with Type 1 diabetes over 54 months, with additional carbohydrate intake information and insulin pump calculations • Physiological conditions and dietary patterns of Type 1 diabetes patients from self-monitoring devices • Top 10 conditions of hospitalisation by number of hospital discharges • Number of manpower by year categorised by types of doctors, active and inactive • Preventive health screening • Top 4 conditions of polyclinic attendances • Household healthcare expenditure • Hospital bed occupancy rate • and many more!
Fitness & Activity Tracker APIs• FitBit – Wearable activity tracker that measures number of steps, quality of sleep, and other personal metrics • Jawbone – Wearable activity tracker that records sleep, eating habits, and daily activity including steps taken and calories burned • Nike – Measure movement and track progress with data from Nike+ Fuelband and Nike+ Running app • MyFitnessPal – Calorie counter, diet and exercise log • Moves – Activity diary that automatically records distance, duration, steps, calories for any walking, cycling, and running you do. • and many more to come!
Food & Nutrition APIs• FatSecret – Food diary to record calorie intake and nutrition • BigOven – Recipe database / organiser, menu planner and grocery lister creator • FoodCare – Personalised nutrition guidance, access to nutrition facts and personalised consumer insights for food items • FoodEssentials – Aggregates and analyses food labels for allergens, additives, ingredient, claims, etc. • and many more to come!
Healthcare & Medical APIs• Apple Healthkit – Platform for sharing health data, such as steps, oxygen, sleep levels, medical history etc. • drchrono – Electronic health record and practice management solution • Human API – Enables secure sharing of health data from medical records, wearable sensors, testing services, and wellness devices and apps • NightScout – Remote monitoring of the T1D’s glucose level using existing monitoring devices • and many more to come!
ResourcesTo help participants get up to speed with the current trends in digital health and opportunities for disease prevention with technology and behaviour change, we compiled an extensive report especially for this coLAB! Read this report for a solid foundation on where the healthcare industry in Singapore is at today, and where it’s headed. Also, to get participants thinking about how we can use data and technology to tackle the top chronic issues facing Singapore right now (Type 2 diabetes and hypertension), we collated the following articles that present insights into the themes and help uncover the opportunities available:
Diabetes[TODAYOnline] 3 in 10 Singaporeans have diabetes before turning 40 [TODAYOnline] Psychological burden weighs down patients with diabetes: Study [TODAYOnline] Younger diabetics manage condition less well than older patients: Study [WIRED] Diabetes Patients Are Hacking Their Way Toward a Bionic Pancreas
Hypertension[nature.com] Hypertension in the Asia-Pacific region [WHO SEA Regional Office] Preventing hypertension in an increasingly urbanized, globalized world [mHealthNews] A national mHealth project targets hypertension [EHR Intelligence] Healthcare analytics reduces hypertension for KPNC patients
Presentations at WorkshopsAccess the speakers’ slides from this week’s workshops here.
Check out the winning ideas from the coLAB!
Team Stickers combined technology and family support to create a solution that makes achieving health-related goals a fun and collaborative task.