Residents at a Singapore condominium will have access to virtual medical consultation via a telehealth kiosk equipped with a webcam and sensors capable of capturing a person's temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. The system will also feature a mobile and web-based platform that can send prescriptions to an e-pharmacy, which can then be delivered to the condominium.
Scheduled to be ready for occupancy by December 2023, the 548-unit OLÁ condominium would provide residents with "unlimited" general practitioner (GP) services -- excluding medication and delivery charges -- within six months of its Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP), according to the estate development. The permit allows homeowners to occupy their unit temporarily while the property developer awaits its Certificate of Statutory Completion, expected to be issued by December 2026.
OLÁ is developed by Anchorvale, which is a joint venture between Singapore's EVIA Real Estate and Malaysia's Gamuda Land.
Designed by Singapore telehealth startup HiDoc, the telehealth kiosk would be located within the condominium and include a touchscreen through which residents could have video-enabled consultations with a doctor or specialist. These healthcare professionals could be chosen from a team of accredited GPs as well as specialists for second opinions and reviews.
The kiosk would provide healthcare services providers access to patient health records. Residents also would be able to request for house calls or care-giver services.
Touting the project as the first of its kind in Singapore, Anchorvale said the OLÁ estate aimed to chart a new standard lifestyle for homeowners in Singapore.
HiDoc's co-founder and CEO, Dr Christina Low, heralded the partnership with a property developer as a "significant step" for the telehealth sector in the country. "Through technology and developer committed to after-sales community living, we bring personal medical care and related arrangements to the doorstep," said Low, who also is managing director of Singapore Medical Group, which funds HiDoc.
The telehealth startup provides a centralised platform from which medical professionals access patient health records and patients can consult doctors. The Singapore company said it planned to roll out, within the next two years, new features such as incorporating artificial intelligence into its platform and integrating with labs for medical reports. HiDoc added that it would look to expand its operations to other Southeast Asian markets, including Indonesia and Vietnam, over the next couple of years.
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