To ensure that all robotics systems tested and subsequently deployed in Public Healthcare Institutions are interoperable via a standardised and recognised International and Singapore platform, Singapore will be establishing a standardised Robotic Middleware for Healthcare (RoMi-H).
With the need to digitalise healthcare and automate the processes, there will be a proliferation of health and robotics software control and operating systems. To support sustainable deployment, Singapore healthcare aims to develop a middleware layer to generalize communications between different robots, sensors and information systems. This platform will be deployed for business partners to accelerate robotics development and adoption in the healthcare sector as it provides standardisation and code-reusability for research and an integrated approach for deployment.
RoMi-H is to standardise communications between robotic sub-systems, standardised data structures, encourage re-usable intelligence packages as well as reliable deployment testing tools such as a common virtual test farm. Utilizing the Object Management Group’s Data Distribution Service (DDS) to develop Common Services for inter-domain communication and data routing, RoMi-H consists of 4 domains, namely Machine Domain, Control Domain, Central Domain and Integration Domain. RoMi-H Common Services refer to a set of service components that the middleware will provide for systems integration among heterogeneous robotic systems.
In July 2018, at the National Health IT Summit in Singapore, Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong announced the development of RoMi-H. In tandem, Open Robotics launched ROS-Health, where ROS and Gazebo will be taken into Healthcare. RoMi-H was officially launched on 31st October 2019 at ROSCon 2019.
The following materials can be found on here regarding RoMi-H
For material shared during the official launch of RoMi-H, please click
For the software packages released under RoMi-H, please click
For the Open-RMF GitHub repositories and documentation, please click
For more information on RoMi-H framework, please click on the PDF link below:
RoMi-H CHART Framework.pdf
For further enquiries about RoMi-H, kindly contact the RoMi-H Joint Engineering Team at