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In picture from left: Yoecelyn, Bryan Chua, Lim Sze-Xian, Eleanor Chew, Derek Lee, Prof Ivy Ng (Group CEO, SingHealth)

SingHealth Residency recently held the SingHealth Hackathon 2017 where staff and students from SingHealth and Duke-NUS, submitted proposals for innovations that would promote better coordination, communication and rehabilitation to improve patient care systems.  Fifteen teams competed in the Hackathon, and three teams were selected as top prize-winners.

Last week, Microscope talked to Duke-NUS students from CHIT, one of the winning teams. This week we chat with Lim Sze-Xian, Duke-NUS MD/PhD student and member of the winning team Move It!, about his experience working with a diverse team, his main takeaway and why he entered the Hackathon.

Describe Move It!

Move It! is an application that immerses patients in an interactive video game, which encourages them to perform rehabilitation exercises so as to recover their strength and range of motion more quickly. Move It! makes rehabilitation exercises easy to follow so patients know how to move their limbs by themselves safely, without the need of having a physiotherapist supervising them. The exercises that the patients are shown are customised to their specific condition. Our team is working towards commercialising the application so that patients will be able to start to benefit from it.

How did your team come up with the idea for your entry?

We observed that patients in the ward spend too much time in bed being inactive. We wanted a solution that encouraged patients to do their rehabilitation exercises safely on their own.

Who was on your team and how did you work together?

My team consisted of Singapore General Hospital physiotherapists, Derek Lee and Eleanor Chew, and Singapore General Hospital Operations and Performance Management executives, Bryan Chua and Yoecelyn.

The inspiration for the application came from Derek and Eleanor. Thanks to Bryan's and Yoecelyn's experiences as executives, they managed to share with the team their systemic approach to crafting a problem statement and setting out our objectives.

What is your main take-away from the SingHealth Hackathon?

My most valuable take-away from this Hackathon is the importance of listening to everyone's opinion. Every individual has a unique set of experiences that shape their own strengths. I feel that our team's diversity and willingness to listen to each other was a key contributing factor to our team's success during the Hackathon.

Why did you enter the Hackathon? 

Technology has helped society reach greater heights. As a medical student with an engineering degree, I am particularly interested in developing innovative technological solutions for healthcare. I was really excited when I first heard about the SingHealth Hackathon through the Duke-NUS MedTech Student Interest Group. It was a chance to meet up with other individuals of similar interests and for me to, once again, utilise my engineering and programming skills.

In picture from left: Yoecelyn, Bryan Chua, Lim Sze-Xian, Eleanor Chew, Derek Lee, Prof Ivy Ng (Group CEO, SingHealth). 
Photo credit: SingHealth Residency

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