Roundup: NDR Medical opens Japan site, WellAway delivers medicines to migrant workers, and more briefs

NDR Medical launches Japan office

Singaporean medical device maker NDR Medical has opened a new office in Tokyo, Japan, its fourth location in Asia-Pacific. The company also operates in China and Malaysia.

Alongside its opening, the company will also conduct a multi-site trial for its Automated Needle Targeting with X-ray (ANT-X) system with two Japanese university hospitals. The trial is targeted to begin in the second quarter and will involve over a hundred patients. 

Findings from the upcoming study will be used for the company’s submission for approval of its robotic intervention device with the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency. 

“Japan currently has the highest number of CT machines per million population in the world. It is a mature medical technology market, and healthcare facilities and staff in the country are adept at tapping technological solutions to improve treatment outcomes,” said NDR Medical CEO Alan Goh in explaining why they chose to open a new site in Japan.

This announcement followed NDR Medical’s partnership with regenerative medicine company CGBIO to conduct clinical trials of its ANT-X system in South Korea. 

WellAway partners with SATA CommHealth to deliver medicines to migrant workers

DocMed Technology has joined hands with charity group SATA CommHealth to deliver medicines to migrant workers from 1 April.

SATA CommHealth, which is one of the four anchor operators appointed by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower under its Primary Care Plan, is providing teleconsultation services to migrant workers. According to a press statement, medicines delivery will be fulfilled through DocMed’s e-pharmacy WellAway. 

WellAway said it took the initiative to include multilingual pictograms on top of standard medication labels to help patients understand what was prescribed to them.

“Our partnership with WellAway will help us to provide quality, affordable, and accessible healthcare to migrant workers. With WellAway value-added service for medication supply and delivery, we can focus more on the consultations and deliver better treatment outcomes for the patients,” SATA CommHealth CEO Dr Kelvin Phua said.

MedLern introduces trauma nursing course

MedLern, a spin-off healthcare venture by learning management systems developer Impelsys, has teamed up with the US-based Emergency Nurses Association to deliver the latter’s core courses on trauma nursing to Indian emergency nurses.

Launched in January 2020, MedLern provides comprehensive learning, training and skill development to healthcare professionals through its digital platform. 

According to MedLern, their training partnership with ENA, a professional organisation of over 50,000 emergency nurses, will help meet India’s need for more skilled trauma nurses. 

“India’s need for skilled trauma nurses continues to grow rapidly,” said CEO Deepak Sharma. “Dedicated training programmes, protocols and care checklists, and systematic, data-driven quality improvement programmes can rapidly have a big positive impact”.

ENA President Jennifer Schmitz said they are ready to “work with and support nurses who are looking to enhance their skills and grow more confident in how they deliver trauma care”.

Other ENA courses like the Emergency Nursing Paediatric course and Geriatric Emergency Nursing Education will be added to MedLern’s platform soon, the company said.


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