Asia’s ageing population is fast becoming the world’s largest, putting increasing pressure on healthcare systems, families and organisations across the region as healthcare costs reach an estimated 20 Trillion USD by 2030. In the face of this increased pressure, robotics and automated solutions are being seen as increasingly necessary solutions to meet the region’s healthcare labour crunch.
Over a weekend from 10 to 12 February, over 80 clinicians, healthcare professionals, programmers and engineers took part in the MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics Singapore 2017. Supported by Founding Sponsor SGInnovate and the Singapore MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), this year’s hackathon theme focused on addressing eldercare challenges through social robotics, with Segway Robotics coming on as the official robotics platform sponsor.
Kicking off with a Facebook ‘LIVE’ panel, hosted by Steve Leonard, Founding CEO, SGInnovate, Guest-of-honour, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-In-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, joined healthcare and robotics experts in discussing the challenges brought on by ageing populations around the globe.