The wait is over for patients who seek cardiology-related treatments to be carried out in a home setting. Home medtech healthcare provider Ninkatec Pte Ltd and heartland specialist cardiovascular and general adult medical care clinic Sunrise General Medical and Heart Services are launching a new ‘Cardiology at Home’ service targeted at patients with coronary issues and wish to heal right in their own homes.
The Need for Cardiovascular Care at Home
Cardiovascular disease is extremely common in Singapore. About 20% of deaths in Singapore in 2017 were due to ischaemic heart disease and other cardiac diseases. We also face a rising prevalence of conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol, which increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. Coupled with our ageing population, these patient numbers are likely to rise. At the same time, local cardiology departments in the public and private sectors face the challenge of having to continually cope up with rising cardiology attendances covering a wide spectrum of heart and associated conditions. This can mean increased waiting times for cardiology consultations, and this can present itself as critical and crucial in certain circumstances. Hence there is a pressing need for more cardiovascular attention for patients so that they can receive timely access to the necessary care they seek. A ‘Cardiology at Home’ service will find itself appropriate and relevant especially for elderly patients that need care for coronary conditions such as heart failure and atrial fibrillation, but find moving out from the home to make trips to and from the clinic or hospital challenging, due to mobility issues or other medical conditions.
Enrolling for ‘Cardiology at Home’ service
Prior to enrolling into the ‘Cardiology at Home’ service offered by Ninkatec Pte Ltd and Sunrise General Medical and Heart Services, patients will be assessed to evaluate if they are suitable to be cared for in the home setting. These initial assessments will be carried out based on careful examination of the patient’s condition, on factors such as their heart rate, oxygen saturation, and severity of their heart disease. Once the patient is deemed suitable for the ‘Cardiology at Home’ service, various monitoring systems can be put in place to regularly keep track of the patient’s health. Such technology is useful in keeping track of the patients’ well-being, while it feeds back the much needed data to the medical team from Ninkatec Pte Ltd and Sunrise General Medical and Heart Services, so that they can continue to administer the proper treatment to the patient according to their condition. At all times, the patient is supported by cardiologist, nurse visits, and the care coordination team. This offers a holistic approach to the care and treatment of the patient.
Benefits of ‘Cardiology at Home’
Said Ninkatec Pte Ltd co-founder Dr Choo Wei Chieh, “With the onset of an ageing population, and the rise in sedentary lifestyles of Singaporeans, there is an increased risk of heart failure and other cardio-vascular diseases. Ninkatec hopes that through its alliance with Sunrise General Medical and Heart Services, more services can be offered to patients that have coronary diseases so that they can enjoy treatments in the comfort of their home, especially if they also have other illnesses, chronic or otherwise, that they can also seek treatment in their abodes.”
Said Sunrise General Medical and Heart Services’ Dr Woo Jia Wei, “Sunrise General Medical and Heart Services is excited to embark on this nouveau service offering together with Ninkatec, where we envision a multitude of benefits that cardiovascular patients can enjoy as they seek treatment and heal in a home setting. Coupled with the digital and tech support from monitoring devices, this can enhance the care offered to these elderly patients, and bring the course of heart treatments to a greater level of personalisation and accuracy, with the intangible benefits of peace of mind to patients, caregivers and their families.”
About Ninkatec Pte Ltd
Ninkatec Pte Ltd offers personalised and cost-effective healthcare solutions for elderly patients to “live meaningfully” at home through the appropriate use of clinical expertise and technology. Ninkatec is guided by a patient-first approach to care, with the patient’s well-being placed at first priority. Non-intrusive continuous monitoring solutions collect clinical data, and an appropriate level of care is then provided to patients when medical response is required. Long-term care for your loved ones is made easier ‘right at home’ and patients can enjoy a peace of mind and live fulfilling lives. Ninkatec’s allied healthcare partners also bring an array of services ranging from general consultations to specialised prognoses, as well as health screenings, vaccinations to facilitate patients ageing in place, as well as other relevant medical assessments. Ninkatec is helmed by co-founder Dr Choo Wei Chieh, a veteran in the industry, who has had more than a decade of experience in medtech and offering medical services for patients in the home setting, and is adept at combining IT expertise with his in-depth clinical knowledge to build customized solutions in healthcare. For more information, please visit the website at https://ninkatec.com/.
About Sunrise General Medical and Heart Services
Nestled in the heart of Sembawang, Sunrise General Medical and Heart Services is opened by Internist and Cardiologist Dr Woo Jia Wei, and the clinic seeks to provide affordable and accessible specialist cardiovascular and general adult medical care in the heartlands. The clinic offers a variety of heart related health services such as cardiac investigations (through the use of various devices such as treadmill ECG, echocardiography, 24 hour Holter ECG monitoring and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring); heart screening and preventive cardiology (through various screening packages and prevention strategies); chronic cardiac condition management (for conditions such as atrial fibrillation, valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease and heart failure) and symptom evaluation (such as chest pains, shortness of breath, palpitations, and leg swellings). For more information, please visit the website at https://sunriseheart.com.sg/.
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Singapore, 3rd February 2021, 12:00 pm