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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Dr Tan Wu Meng
MP for Jurong GRC

Question No. 3923

To ask the Minister for Health in the past five years, what studies have been undertaken regarding the use of technology to enhance care and safety for seniors living alone, including the use of motion sensor technology to identify seniors who have fallen or become immobile, while still preserving personal privacy.

Written Answer

MOH has funded several studies on using technology to enhance care for seniors at home. Under the National Innovation Challenge (NIC) on Active and Confident Ageing, we launched the Care-at-Home Innovation Grant in 2015 to enhance the efficiency and quality of care for seniors at home through technology.

One project was NTU’s Homecare and Caregiving Model for Optimising Services for the Elderly. They developed a web-based health management system integrating technology and various home care services such as smart home sensors, medication adherence and meal planning and delivery. With the sensors, seniors felt reassured that their caregivers could be contacted immediately during emergencies. The system improved productivity of care staff and led to better care outcomes like increased medical adherence and reduced hospital admissions.

We have also funded another study by Tan Tock Seng Hospital titled ‘Project Carer Matters 2’ via the NIC. One of the study objectives is to leverage technology to create a safe home environment for seniors, by developing an automated sensor-enabled fall detection and rescue system. The study is currently ongoing.

The Government will continue to explore how promising research projects can be scaled up and deployed.

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