February 29, 2024

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Singapore Improves Breast Cancer Care Through Technology

Breast cancer is the most prevalent kind of cancer in Singaporean females. Each year, nearly 2,000 women are diagnosed with and pass away from this condition. As part of the celebrations for International Women’s Day on March 8, GovTech Singapore has showcased how technology is transforming breast cancer care and how patients can access information on the disease, as the country believes that early detection and treatment can save lives and that being knowledgeable can impact others.

An AI chatbot known as Angie provides women at risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) with information on the disease and genetic testing as a treatment option. They can provide their family medical history via a mobile app application for risk assessment.

This is done prior to a genetic counselling session so that the individual may comprehend the benefits and drawbacks of genetic testing and debate their alternatives with an expert. Without the mobile app chatbot, a counsellor must call the patient for an hour-long conversation to get the family’s medical history.

In addition to battling the sickness, cancer sufferers are frequently burdened by uncertainties around treatment costs. A computerised calculator attempts to provide patients with more accurate predictions of their monthly out-of-pocket expenses, thereby improving their financial status.

The ChemoCalc calculator considers multiple data factors, including the patient’s residency, means-testing tier, and eligibility for government subsidies. It also collects personal information such as the patient’s treatment regimen.

ChemoCalc then calculates the patient’s monthly out-of-pocket expenses and provides a list of medications and treatment services. This enables the submission of claims and allows patients to print the document.

Advanced stage 3 and 4 cancer patients are offered a 12-week palliative care programme via video and phone counselling at the National Cancer Centre Singapore. The Telemedicine Clinic begins with a video consultation between a physician and a nurse. This first appointment is frequently attended by family members and carers, which fosters trust and rapport with the patient’s support system.

The patients will next complete a weekly questionnaire to report their physical and psychosocial complaints. Using the information from the completed questionnaire, the care team conducts a follow-up phone call to determine if their clinical management plan requires modification.

Some of the caregiving operations have been shifted to video and phone consultation, allowing for quicker treatment modifications and a reduction in waiting time at the cancer centre.

In addition, an AI firm is developing technology to improve the accuracy and speed of mammogram-based breast cancer screening.

FxMammo, an AI-powered mammography assistance tool, has shown early promise in properly detecting breast cancer in Asian women with thick breasts. Tests have revealed a decline in false-positive cancer diagnoses between routine screenings, hence the technology has been proven to cut screening time and staff requirements.

In September 2022, the spinoff of the National University of Singapore and the National University Health System secured more than $2 million to continue developing the instrument.

The Singapore Cancer Society says that a woman in Singapore has a 5% chance of getting breast cancer at some point in her life. People who have a family history of breast cancer are twice as likely to get it.

Since this disease affects a lot of people, it is even more important that researchers keep finding new ways to find and treat it.

The good news is that technology keeps getting better and is helping in the fight against breast cancer. With good guidelines for regular screening, we might be able to turn the tide and bring down the number of people who get breast cancer one day.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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