Seeking Technologies for Virtual Human Assistant For Homecare

Background / Description

The Open Innovation Platform (OIP), an initiative by the Info-Communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA), aims to connect real business challenges to problem solvers. 



Connectome Pte Ltd is an innovative Singapore-based start-up, a spin-off from a Japanese company Couger Inc. that has experience in Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Blockchain technologies as well as top games such as Final Fantasy. Using this experience, Connectome is developing a human-like AI interface – a Virtual Human Agent (VHA) that processes visual images (e.g. face) and has senses such as sight and hearing. With speech as input data in the real world, it is able to respond with speech, facial expressions, gesture and motion, as a human would.

Currently there are limitations in digital homecare services in terms of ease of use for any users of all ages, personalising services for different users, and ability to interact with users without medical staff or operators.

For example, a diabetic patient will need to measure its glucose level from time to time, monitor its blood pressure level appropriately, take urine test to measure ketones, and decide the appropriate level of insulin to inject into its body before or after meal time. All such measurements might require manual recordings by the patient who most often might not be able to track them properly.

Hence, Connectome seeks a smart solution that applies heuristics and guidelines to VHA to address the limitations and needs of homecare users. In particular, it should help in monitoring data from medical devices and systems, suggesting to users when a visit to a healthcare facility might be necessary, reminding users to take their medication, etc.



How might we increase the quality of preventative healthcare services for homecare users by utilising the data from medical devices or systems?

Technical Specifications

• A prototype of a solution that integrates VHA’s capabilities with a full suite of sensors/devices and heuristics to allow it to monitor health data of a homecare users
• Solution which is able to collect data accurately, predict trending, trigger alerts and provide timely and accurate care advice
• Proposed solution should be able to process data against best practices for homecare services
• Designed to be scalable (can be rolled out to larger healthcare system in Singapore, and potentially in Japan)
• Submitted proposal should detail the solution and use case for the type homecare users e.g. for diabetic patient or chronic asthma patient
• The solver should have experience with medical devices or systems which can be used for homecare services

• A homecare user with diabetes is using the VHA to help her monitor her blood sugar levels. VHA is able to track her schedule and remind her when it is time to perform the test
• A smart device integrated with VHA is used to test her blood sugar at regular intervals, with the results being tracked by VHA
• Simultaneously, VHA is also able to work with another device that calculates the correct dosage and delivers the dosage if required
• VHA is able to provide alerts when the user’s blood sugar levels have been trending high and give advice on possible ways to manage the condition. When the level reaches an unhealthy or dangerous level, it can also alert the user that it is time for a check-up at the hospital or to call for an ambulance directly


• SGD 25,000 of prize money for each winner of this challenge (see Award Model)
• Opportunity to demonstrate and validate solution with Connectome who will provide VHA and its domain expertise
• Potential business partnership to commercialise solution together with Connectome in Singapore, Japan, and Europe



We are open to global and Singapore-based individuals, research providers and companies that have digital technology expertise and innovation capabilities. Some of these include Info-Comm and Media (ICM) start-ups, SMEs and larger companies. Problem Solvers should have the ability and desire to co-create and innovate with Problem Owners or/and other partners to translate their ideas into solutions that can address real business needs. 

There are no restrictions on the geographic location of the problem solvers who may choose to apply to this challenge. However, the prototype needs to be demonstrated in Singapore. Global applicants must be prepared to bear the additional cost of travel.

Further Details

Technical details of the problem statements as well as information related to the innovation calls can be found on the IMDA Open Innovation Platform (OIP) which you will be redirected to after clicking on the 'Proceed To Details' button below and filling up a short form with your basic information.

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration
  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)

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