The SG Health Assistive & Robotics Programme (SHARP) is supported jointly by the Ministry of Health and the National Research Foundations' National Robotics Programme. Singapore is ageing rapidly. By 2030, about one in five residents will be above the age of 65 and we will have more than 900,000 seniors, more than double the number today.
To make healthcare sustainable in the future, MOH plans to make three key strategic shifts as follows:
- From Healthcare to Health – to shift beyond curing illness to actively promoting healthy living and active ageing.
- From Hospital to Home – to shift the gravity of care from hospitals to home and the community, supporting the transitions in care and ageing in place.
- To shift the focus beyond just better care to value-driven care – delivering appropriate and cost effective care, undergirded by precision medicine, to make care affordable and the healthcare system sustainable.
By leveraging assistive and robotics technologies to enable innovations in care, whilst achieving productivity gains and sustainable healthcare, the Programme seeks to first establish critical components that:
- Enable "quality to value care" through creating resource lean Smart Health systems in public healthcare facilities. "Hospitals of the Future" looks at Robotics-enabled precision care and medicine, with smaller scales for Community Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Day residential care. The aim of this track is to equip "smart healthcare institutions" that can deliver similar or better quality of care with less manpower per bed;
- Develop “hospital to home” Smart Health systems to support aged care for ageing in place. “Hospital to Home” looks at Robotics-enabled care and ageing in place at home, with home grade equipment for consumer use. The aim of this track is to enable seniors to age in place for longer at home, with the help of technology to support transitions in care and complement or replace the lack of full time caregivers.