December 2015 | Issue 21
Technology and connectivity form core of Health City Day 2015

Leading the large crowd assembled in the Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) Atrium in a series of gentle exercises aimed at improving mobility in the elderly, Xuan the Robot, which was built and developed by Ngee Ann Polytechnic, was the highlight of the recent Health City Day 2015. 

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Guests follow Xuan the Robot in a series of gentle exercises during the launch of Health City Day 2015 

This year’s event, held on 3 November, was graced by 2nd Permanent Secretary of Health MG (NS) Ng Chee Khern as Guest-of-Honour and brought together the leaders from the seven stakeholders of Health City Novena, including LKCMedicine. As well as through Xuan the Robot, this year’s theme of Smart, Connected and Green – Healthcare of Tomorrow was brought to life through technological and infrastructure showcases that will shape Health City Novena and the care it provides.

Health City Novena, which was launched in 2013, is the first integrated healthcare master plan development in Singapore where care and community take centre stage. It brings together community healthcare, medical education and translational research, and is slated for completion by 2030.

At the celebration, MG (NS) Ng congratulated the stakeholders on their hard work over the past few years and their commitment to better integrate care, education, learning and living in central Singapore. He also remarked that since its launch, Health City Novena has already witnessed the groundbreaking of LKCMedicine’s Clinical Sciences Building (CSB), the National Centre for Infectious Diseases and the Centre for Healthcare Innovation.

TTSH CEO and Lead for the Health City Novena Master Plan Dr Eugene Soh added that another two developments will be breaking ground in the very near future, namely the Integrated Intermediate Care Hub and the National Skin Centre Expansion. The five buildings, which make up the first phase of development, are set to be completed around 2020, with the CSB being the first.

MG (NS) Ng and representatives of the seven partners, including Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee who represented the School, were then invited to launch the event by putting their best foot forward in a stationary cycle race to symbolically power Health City towards its next milestone.

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The seven stakeholders, including LKCMedicine Executive Vice-Dean Prof Lionel Lee, symbolically power Health City Novena towards the next milestone

The exhibition on the latest developments in smart technology, connectivity and green technology, which was on display for two days, completed the event. During MG (NS) Ng’s tour of the exhibition, LKCMedicine Director for Operations and Resources Mr Tan Hee Kiang updated about the progress of the upcoming CSB at LKCMedicine’s booth. The booth also included highlights of the CSB’s facilities and features, such as the rooftop library and the break out rooms where staff from various organisations are able to utilise, helping to further foster relations between the partners. Other infrastructure and technological innovations were also showcased.

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MG (NS) Ng hears from LKCMedicine Director of Operations and Resources Mr Tan Hee Kiang about the latest developments at the School's Novena campus