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Singapore makes infocomm awards

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Thirteen companies have won the National Infocomm Awards (NIA), Singapore's highest accolade for infocomm innovation.

The awards were presented by Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Lui Tuck Yew, at a gala dinner on Thursday.

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) said the NIA recognises innovation in the development of infocomm products and services, and in the use of infocomm technology in organisations to enhance operations and businesses.

Mr Lui highlighted the importance of the public, private and people sectors working together to build infocomm capabilities.

He said Singapore is well-positioned to harness technology such as Cloud Computing for business opportunities.

Winning entries included a pocket-sized ECG device that doubles as a mobile phone and a system that ensures the right dispensing of medication.

Imagine a phone that is able to warn you of a possible heart attack before it happens. The EPI Life phone is just one of the winners of the National Infocomm Awards this year for most innovative product.

Dr Chow U-Jin, medical director, Ephone International, said: "If I'm having palpitations or chest pains right now, whip it out of my pocket and within 5 seconds activate the ECG."

The electrocardiogram or ECG chip is built into the EPI Life phone and allows users to capture their heart beat accurately.

Three sensors on the phone capture a live recording of the user's heart rate. This is sent to a 24-hour call centre, which will determine if the ECG is normal or not.

Another winner on the medical front that was recognised for its innovative use of technology is an intelligent system that hopes to eradicate human errors.

Deployed at the National University Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the Closed Loop Medication Management System ensures the right medication is given to the right patient at the right time.

In the Closed Loop Medication Management System, doctors' orders are transcribed electronically into a medication cabinet where tablets are bar-coded.

Based on the bar-coded system, nurses will be able to tell exactly which pills the patients are required to take at the correct time.

Dr Yip hopes that in two to three years' time, the system can be translated into an outpatient setting where medication can be bought out of vending machines.

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