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Microsoft collaborates with CREST to develop digital healthcare hub in Malaysia – MIMS Malaysia
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Microsoft has just signed a new memorandum of agreement in Malaysia to develop a digital healthcare hub to drive innovation for new products, according to industry catalyst CREST (Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science & Technology).

The long-term agreement was signed during the Malaysia Telemedicine Conference 2016 at Sunway Medical Centre, and will involve the creation of a CREST-Microsoft Health Innovation Hub.

The hub will be fully operational by mid-September and is the first of its kind to provide complete, end-to-end services for developers, start-ups and researchers looking to co-innovate and co-sell their solutions, all within the category of health, according to CREST’s chief executive officer Jaffri Ibrahim. The hub will also see conceptualisation to creation and commercialisation of the product domestically.

“Buoyed by demands and aspirations of the Electrical and Electronic (E&E) industry in healthcare, we strongly believe that digital health innovations are at the heart of addressing the healthcare challenges faced by our country today,” he added.

CREST is collaborating with Telemedicine Development Group (TDG) and is deemed best placed to provide the necessary ecosystem for such innovations.

“We are thrilled to begin this journey with partners like Microsoft who share a similar vision,” he said.

5 core virtual health scenarios utilising Internet of Things

The hub is set to focus on five core virtual health scenarios – tele-health, remote patient monitoring, smart access, drug adherence and corporate wellness.

Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be used to take health measurements, which allow caregivers to monitor patients remotely and to reduce unnecessary hospital and clinical visits. In addition, cloud-based analysis of data will help to monitor acceptable thresholds to allow caregivers to prompt patients to take corrective action.

“The one key differentiator in this hub is that there is no innovation centre in the region today that has the ability to commercialise the technology created in hubs – even extending our investment to the sales and marketing operations of that particular technology,” said K Raman, managing director, Microsoft Malaysia.

The services provided in the CREST-Microsoft Health Innovation Hub will help interested parties to build on such scenarios by having access to CREST’s IoT Cloud Data Centre (ICDC) Research Lab, allowing them to develop prototypes and trial solutions. They will also receive training to use Microsoft’s cloud services – including for IoT, analytics and artificial intelligence.

Startups will be able to network with biomedical companies, hospitals, clinics, venture capitalists and SMEs via the hub, which will also host hackathons and bootcamps to help train members.

The hub is located at CREST’s facility in Penang, however the services will be accessible nationwide.

The CREST Connected Healthcare Cluster (CHC) was formed in April 2014 to focus on the application of wearable embedded systems, Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices technology; and the successful commercialisation of healthcare products, solutions and services by the Electrical & Electronic industry.

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