Singapore engineers develop remote vital signs monitoring system

  • System has already been deployed at a number of locations in Singapore
  • Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia are soon to follow


Singapore engineers develop remote vital signs monitoring system


A TEAM of Singapore engineers from Internet of Things (IoT) firm Astralink Technology have developed Vital-X, a remote vital signs monitoring system that enables doctors to monitor their patients' health remotely. The new system is a boost for Singapore's push towards a Smart Nation.

Using a combination of standard off-the-shelf medical devices that are connected to the Internet through Astralink's IoT platform, AT.Things, caregivers such as family members, nursing staff and doctors are able to measure and monitor a host of patients' vital signs such as blood pressure, glucose levels, body weight and oxygen levels along with their exercise and eating regimens.

The information collected is stored and analysed by medical staff who are able to diagnose problems and recommend ongoing treatment remotely.

Alerts can be sent instantly to an appropriate care provider should any tests show anomalies, thus allowing for better care and follow-up treatment of the patient.

Astralink chief executive officer Bill Chang, says: “Astralink's Vital-X monitoring system was designed to meet the growing demand for access to healthcare services without having to visit a doctor's clinic or hospital. Patients are cared for remotely and in real-time, thus enabling them to lead independent lives. Our AT.Things platform aggregates groups of vital signs data which can be preset to ensure patients receive customised care.”

Astralink's vital signs monitoring system has already been deployed at a number of locations in Singapore and Australia, with Malaysia and Indonesia soon to follow.

Chang said: “Private residences and nursing homes are ideal locations for the deployment of Astralink’s Vital-X monitoring system. We will partner with different service providers to expand the reach of the system throughout the Asia-Pacific region.”

The global market for remote patient monitoring systems is projected to reach US$46 billion by the year 2020 according to Global Industry Analysts, Inc.  With rising affluence and aging populations in the Asia-Pacific region, AstraLink has an optimistic forecast for its system.
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