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SingHealth rolls out iPad program for inpatients

iPads now become available anytime by their bedside

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It’s no secret that technology is supposed to make life better. We look for our GadgetMatch so we can be more efficient and more effective at what we do. Some gadgets, more than others, also are able to have a more meaningful impact and transform lives. Take the iPad for example.

SingHealth, the largest public healthcare cluster in the country, has started a pilot program to make things easier for inpatients at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). SingHealth nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, Office for Service Transformation and IT specialists from Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) developed the app MyCare, which enables inpatients to access their individual care information on iPads anytime by their bedside in the wards.

The application also comes with interactive features including a messaging function for patients to ask questions about their care plan or to put in specific requests for water, pillow and housekeeping services. Patients can also use MyCare to access educational videos and care tips.

“Digital technologies can improve the way we communicate information to patients and their caregivers and empower them to be partners in their own care. MyCare is designed to allow patients to refer to their care plan and medical information at their convenience, throughout their hospital stay. This will help to reinforce traditional face-to-face communication between our care teams and patients,” says Professor Ivy Ng, SingHealth Group CEO.

The program is currently being tested at two SGH wards comprising 51 beds. Upon admission, the nurse activates MyCare by scanning the patient’s identity tag and confirming patient’s personal details. To safeguard patient confidentiality, every patient is assigned a unique password that must be entered each time to access their information on MyCare. Patients can also choose to grant access rights to their caregivers.

If a patient wishes to keep medical information such as diagnosis and test results confidential, he can do so by setting an additional password to secure the medical information. Upon discharge, the patient’s record will be deleted from the iPad to ensure no historical data is available. This is enabled by iPad and iOS’ built-in privacy and security features that do not allow sharing of sensitive data without consent.

The pilot, which is part of SingHealth’s care transformation efforts, was announced in conjunction with the annual SingHealth Nurses’ Day celebrations, graced by Mr. Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health.

SingHealth Group Chief Nurse Tracy Carol Ayre says the idea to develop MyCare came from their nurses as part of ongoing efforts to empower patients. The company plans to progressively roll out the program across SGH, Changi General Hospital, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and National Heart Centre Singapore by 2021.

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OPPO is now the number one Chinese smartphone brand

Overtaking Huawei

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Because of the past few years, Huawei’s former dominance atop the smartphone rankings has drastically collapsed. Already, Huawei has already lost its lead as the world’s bestselling smartphone brand. Naturally, Huawei’s woes aren’t over, especially since the new Biden administration will likely keep the previous one’s anti-China bans. Now, Huawei’s fall is even worse. OPPO has overtaken Huawei as the number one Chinese smartphone brand.

Reported by Counterpoint Research, OPPO has captured 21 percent of the smartphone market in China. Vivo takes second place with 20 percent of the market. Meanwhile, Huawei, Apple, and Xiaomi share the third sport with only 16 percent of the market apiece. Since Huawei’s decline, competing Chinese smartphones has rushed in to fill the power vacuum. Likewise, especially with the Reno series, OPPO has rapidly expanded across the board.

Contributing to its downward spiral, Huawei has successfully sold off its sub-brand Honor recently. Though Huawei has certainly suffered from the sale, Honor’s emancipation enabled it to survive America’s bans and thrive on its own. The current rankings have stopped lumping Huawei and Honor into the same spot.

Besides being the top Chinese smartphone brand, OPPO is also the second bestselling 5G smartphone brand in China. Back in 2020, 65 percent of all smartphone sales were 5G-compatible.

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Alphabet’s Wolverine can isolate voices in a crowded room

Google has not confirmed the device

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Do you miss going to concerts? Though raving with a crowd has always been fun, one thing we don’t miss is not hearing what your friends are saying amid the loud music. Fortunately, audio technology is ramping up how humans hear things. According to a report, Alphabet is developing a wearable called Wolverine that can isolate voices in a crowded room.

Based on a report from Business Insider, Alphabet’s X, the company’s moonshot lab, is secretly developing the wearable behind closed doors. Supposedly, the upcoming wearable can pick out a specific voice in a crowded room and amplify it for the wearable. Ideally, it can help you talk to other people in a crowded room — provided both parties are wearing the same wearable, of course.

Unfortunately, the report has not revealed how the device specifically look like or work. Further, the company has not confirmed anything about the wearable’s development. Likewise, we don’t know if it’s a consumer device or a more professional one. The technology is also useful for producers and performers during a show.

Regardless, the Wolverine concept is a unique and useful one, especially for hanging out with friends in a crowded setting like in a concert or a convention. Obviously, the technology comes at an interesting time when the world is still hoping to bounce back from the socially distant pandemic.

SEE ALSO: Google completes acquisition of Fitbit despite antitrust probes

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Qualcomm announced Snapdragon Sound for hi-fi wireless audio

Certified products coming in the future

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Despite recent audio technology, wireless audio still can’t go up against the quality of wired audio. Wired listening is just better — at least, for now. However, wireless limitations won’t stop tech makers from developing the latest in audio tech. Today, Qualcomm has announced Snapdragon Sound, a new initiative to deliver hi-fi listening to Bluetooth technology.

Though the company has not announced any new processors or devices, Snapdragon Sound will optimize wireless audio listening through its wide array of already available processors. For example, the company’s aptX Adaptive can already deliver audio at a high 24-bit 96kHz clip. Further, Qualcomm Aqstic will ensure driver durability even when playing music at a loud volume.

Besides hi-fi listening, the new initiative will also improve wireless call quality and latency. Though the focus is on audio listening, an improvement in call quality is a welcome addition to the current slew of audio products.

For now, Snapdragon Sound has revealed only its plan to certify products which will fly under its banner. Any future devices will come with a Snapdragon Sound badge on the box. That said, devices out in the market today will not come with the certification. For now, Audio Technica and Xiaomi will launch products under the new banner in the future.

Qualcomm has not announced when the new products will launch. However, the initiative promises to dish out massive improvements for the still-underdeveloped wireless audio market in the future.

SEE ALSO: Sophos and Qualcomm are teaming up to secure 5G PCs

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