Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Start-ups/SMEs applying for Healthcare InnoMatch 2021 must be incorporated within last 5 years.
The Challenge will consider several factors, such as prior test bed result, early market data, number of sites of implementation, extent of adoption (if any).
The winners will be selected based on how well the solutions can meet healthcare needs. There will be up to 3 winners, and may be relating to any of the themes..
The project agreement would be between one hospital and one start-up or SME (up to 3 matched pairs). However, if the solution is co-developed with another start-up partner, but being submitted under one start-up, it will be accepted in the Challenge.
Do we need to disclose in the proposal the estimated cost of the solutions, or can this be left to later stages?
In the application stage, you are required to indicate an estimated cost. If you are shortlisted or selected as the final winner, more clarification and discussion will ensue with the reviewing panel and partnering hospital.
You may select more than one theme in your application in the platform. It will be good to indicate that the solution cuts across the themes, and which area the solution will work best.
There are no restrictions for that. It would be good to have mixture of both, so that the organisers may understand the background of your company, business proposition, and the solution. It is not mandatory for you to submit a video but highly encouraged as it will help the panel engage with your project team.
For Theme: Frail No More, is there a definition of frailty that participants should follow in this Challenge?
The theme seeks broadly on issues of the elderly and their function.
Similar to many developed nations, Singapore experiences a rapidly aging population, with similar healthcare issues such as elderly population with decreasing function and increasing need for home care services. Hospitals often collaborate with community partners to deliver such care. Healthcare InnoMatch is open to any submission that targets improving care for the elderly, but it will be assessed by the participating hospitals on how the well solution falls within their plan for population health.
For Theme, “Digitisation to Enhance Patient Care, Journey, Experience”, what are you looking for in "active and productive patient engagement in the co-design of Healthcare”?
The theme seeks broadly for digital solutions along the patient journey. In implementing such solutions, patients are often asked to use a lot of digital solutions/applications that are unfamiliar or unintuitive to them. You may therefore also look at solutions where patients and/or their families are involved in creating new healthcare tools, etc.
For Theme, “Digitisation to Enhance Patient Care, Journey, Experience”, is digitalization of the solutions limited to telehealth and telemedicine?
The theme seeks broadly for digital solutions to improve patient journey/experience, and it will consider solutions other than the consultation.
For Theme, “Digitisation to Enhance Patient Care, Journey, Experience”, are there any specific pathologies that you are focussed on, e.g. chronic diseases, diabetes?
The healthcare concerns in Singapore are similar to many developed nations. Solutions submitted may not necessary be for these issues only. There are other issues such as mental health, aging and frailty as well. etc. More importantly is for participants to demonstrate where the solutions had been validated and its value proposition.
Test Bedding & Evaluation
The aim of the test-bedding phase is to demonstrate if the solution would be feasible in a real world, operating hospital environment in Singapore. The test bedding should be designed to inform of potential adoption. Winners will have the opportunity to discuss and refine the success criteria of the test bedding project with the partner hospital before commencing the project.
Are there any standard requirements to the test bedding project (e.g. no. of users, specific units within the hospital)?
The test bedding project should be designed to demonstrate the feasibility and viability in operational environments. The results should be significant for the hospital to make a decision on whether to adopt and procure the solutions after the test-bedding.
The specifics will be at the discretion of the participants in discussion with the eventual partnering hospital. There will be specific department(s) who would be potential users in the hospital for the solution. The winning teams will be given 1 month to discuss with the hospital on how to refine the test-bedding project.
There will be a principal investigator at the test-bedding site in the partnering hospitals to oversee the project. The hospital stakeholders / research offices will look at how the solutions will be used for/on the patients or staff.
Can we test bed in another hospital outside of the three participating hospitals listed in this Challenge?
No. The participating hospitals for this specific challenge are Singapore General Hospital, National University Hospital, and Tan Tock Seng Hospital only.
If we are successfully partnered with one hospital, can we use this funding to test-bed in other two hospitals?
No, the project agreement and funding will be between one start-up/SME and one hospital only. It cannot be used for the test-bedding with the other two hospitals. However, you may note that the evaluation outcomes of the solution will be shared with the other two hospitals, which will inform the hospitals on the decision to adopt and procure the solution.
For solutions tackling patient journey, would we eventually have access to the patient data in hospital? What should we take note regarding data privacy issue?
Broadly speaking, there should not be access to discrete data. But you may discuss this with the partner hospital as to what data is needed to carry out a meaningful test bedding project. All prevailing data privacy practices would have to be adhered to.
Regarding the deployment environment of the test bedding solution, is there any requirement or preference, e.g. cloud based? private cloud / public cloud?
This will be at the discretion of the partner hospital and their respective IT offices, who will advise on the best and/or encouraged practices.
Compliance / Regulatory
If our solution involves patient data collection, what level of compliance with data security regulations is expected for the demo / test-bedding?
All test bedding projects will have to be performed in accordance to local and hospital regulations and guidelines. Depending on the solution, some projects will need to engage the local IT agency for public healthcare, which will be done with the partnering hospital’s IT offices.
We have digital solutions that has received regulatory approvals in other countries and region, e.g. EU, China, Asia but not Singapore. Will this be eligible for test-bedding?
Yes, it will be sufficient for the test-bed. The Healthcare InnoMatch also hopes that through this platform, it may help value add and accelerate approvals in Singapore subsequently. If the solution is already in the process of obtaining HSA’s clearance, it will be good to submit as well.
The intent of Healthcare InnoMatch is not to co-create or co-develop solutions. Hence there will not be much opportunity for foreground IP creation. Most of the IP will reside with the company as background IP. However, if there are opportunities for publications, the start-up/SME can further discuss this with the partnering hospital.