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Robots are helping out at Singapore’s largest COVID-19 quarantine facility.

Above: Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Health (second from right) and Prof Ng Wai Hoe, CEO, CGH (third from right), with CGH and MOH colleagues as well as the robotic team at CTF@Expo Hall 9.

At the COVID-19 Treatment Facility (CTF) at Expo Hall 9, multiple robots and smart applications — from cleaning and disinfection to video calls and teleconsultation, and alerts for urgent care or attention — are in use to support healthcare workers and operations.

This is the first time robots have been integrated with CTF operations to augment care for our community. Driven by Changi General Hospital’s (CGH) Centre for Healthcare Assistive & Robotics Technology (CHART), with the support of the Ministry of Health (MOH), the trial commenced in March 2022, and efforts are underway to deploy robots at other CTFs.

Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, MOH, who visited the CTF to see the robots in action, said, “If proven successful, this new model of care delivery can also be deployed to our hospitals, to support our healthcare and improve productivity.”

A patient at the CTF tele-consults a doctor via a telepresence robot. Such robots can also be used to facilitate video calls between patients and their loved ones.

Contactless sonar (non-video) sensors can supplement alert and detection efforts, monitoring patients’ safety behind closed doors, while not compromising patients’ privacy.

A re-enactment of how the contactless sonar (non-video) sensor works.

Cleaning robots can be triggered remotely at scheduled timings, and are most suitable for cleaning tasks in large spaces.


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