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Med-tech savvy Duke-NUS medical alumna, Dr Rena Dharmawan (Class of 2011), was in the team that won third place in the MIT Hacking Medicine@SG. The team came up with an idea, plugged as the ‘Uber’ of homecare.  Rena is presently a general surgery resident with SingHealth.

The event with the theme, “Ageing-In-Place”, was held from July 25-26. In just 24 hours, Rena and her team came up with an innovative idea ( - that would potentially address the needs of homebound elderly patients requiring home care, by matching them to certified care aides/nurses. ('Jaga' is a Malay word that means to look after).

Rena’s passion for medical technology and innovations burns strong. A Singapore-Stanford Biodesign Fellow, Rena was in Team Privi that trumped 298 teams for S$100,000 cash funding in NTUC Income's Future Starter competition.  Their team developed a medical device called Privi that can be used at home to alleviate pain caused by haemorrhoids. [Story]

The MIT Hacking Medicine@SG event brought together ‘hackers’ who worked in teams to come up with innovative solutions to reduce hospital stays, encourage wellness and seamlessly connect the elderly to their healthcare providers and family caregivers. The teams comprise of clinicians and other healthcare professionals, as well as a diverse group of engineers, students, programmers, designers and entrepreneurs. The resulting ideas are often multidisciplinary and provide innovative solutions to complex healthcare issues.  The event was co-organized by MIT Hacking Medicine and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), and supported by the InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore.

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Read the interesting story of Rena's life here

Photo: Rena (second from right) with a few of her Hackathon team mates. What was remarkable was the Hackathon team was assembled on the spot, and the members did not know each other before this.

[Credit: SMART]

Rena Dharmawan (Credit: SMART)

Photo: Rena (centre) on stage for the award presentation [Credit: SMART]

Rena with team (Photo credit: SMART)