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Memorandum Of Understanding between Tan Tock Seng Rehabilitation Centre and Hocoma AG

16 June 2010 - Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) Rehabilitation Centre has partnered Hocoma AG through a Memorandum of Understanding which focuses on functional movement therapy using innovative solutions for patients with stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Since September 2008, the TTSH Rehabilitation Centre has started using robotic gait training systems in the rehabilitation process for its patients. More than 100 patients have benefited from Hocoma’s Lokomat system with promising results. Significant improvements have been observed in patient’s walking functions and other mobility abilities. This increases self-independence and reduces caregiver burdens upon the family and society.

“Our MOU with Hocoma AG is an important milestone. This collaboration with Hocoma, (a leader in the field), shows that Rehabilitation Medicine is blossoming to be an exciting, dynamic and innovative specialty. This exciting development will benefit our patients and staff.” said Dr Lim Suet Wun, Chief Executive Officer of National Healthcare Group and Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Mr Chris Zimmerli, President of Hocoma Singapore remarked,”This partnership with TTSH is an important strategic step for Hocoma in the Asia Pacific Region. TTSH will be our first partner which offers clinical, research and a showcase clinic in the Asia Pacific Region.”

TTSH Physiotherapists have received training on the operation of Hocoma’s Lokomat systems. Instead of exerting considerable physical strength and effort in training our patients, these trained Physiotherapists can now focus on monitoring the patient's well-being and performance during the robotic gait training. This helps to enhance personal productivity especially in the more severely affected and very dependent patients. To top it off, these trained physiotherapists are able to customize robotic gait training parameters and tailor the treatment program to the patient’s needs and ability.

Mr Rasherman, a TTSH Rehabilitation Centre patient who went through the robotic gait training programme, said, “I had totally forgotten how to walk properly after injuring my spinal cord in a car accident. The Lokomat is awesome as it helps me regain confidence and teaches me the correct method of walking again.” One year after the car accident, Mr Rasherman is able to walk independently again.

Dr Chan Kay Fei, Head and Senior Consultant of TTSH Rehabilitation Medicine, who is leading the TTSH’s efforts to bring in revolutionary rehabilitation robotics, said “The use of healthcare robotics is an exciting advance and therapeutic adjunct in Rehabilitation Medicine care for people with physical disabilities. TTSH Rehabilitation Centre continues to engage its community of bothlocal and international clinical partners and bioengineers in offering appropriate technology-based treatment regimens to our patients in Singapore.”

The Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) is looking to develop Singapore as a leading hub for commercialization of service robotics, of which medical robotics is a key area. The partnership between Hocoma and TTSH exemplifies Singapore’s value as a Home for Innovation, enabling private companies to work together with public institutions and develop solutions for the global market.

Dr Loke Wai Chiong, Programme Director, Health & Wellness Programme Office, EDB-MOH who gave his support to the partnership, said, “This will catalyse new rehabilitation robotics projects, contribute to high value added jobs and deliver quality care to patients. It will be one step towards making Singapore a world reference site for new healthcare solutions and, starting with TTSH, pave the way for us to become a medical robotics hub in Asia Pacific”.

We would like to invite you and your photographer/camera crew to cover this event. The event will be held at the Ang Mo Kio-Thye Hua Kwan Hospital Main Lobby on Wednesday, 16 June, 2.15pm. There will be a presentation and opportunities to interview patients who have benefited from the robotic gait training, followed by a tea reception.

Programme details:

2.15pm: Guests & Media Registration

2.30pm: All Guests and VIPs to be seated

2.35pm: Welcome & Short Introduction by Emcee

2.40pm: Speech by Dr Chan Kay Fei, Head of Rehabilitation Medicine

2.50pm: Speech by Mr Zen Koh, General Manager, Hocoma Pte Ltd

3.00pm: MOU Signing Ceremony - Signees – Dr Lim Suet Wun & Mr Christian Zimmerli, Witnesses – Dr Chan Kay Fei & Mr Zen Koh

3.05pm: Exchange of Mementos and Photo-Taking

3.10pm: Presentation of Lokomat at TTSH Rehabilitation Centre

3.30pm: Tea Reception

4.30pm: End

Issued by the Corporate Communications Department, Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Scope of Memorandum Of Understanding Between TTSH Rehabilitation Centre and Hocoma AG

  1. TTSH Rehabilitation Centre shall be the Research and Clinical Partner of Hocoma in developing and optimising clinical and equipment applications and to study the therapies’ and equipment’s efficacy and efficiency.
  2. TTSH Rehabilitation Centre shall be the Training Centre for Hocoma in the Asian Pacific Region. This includes the certification and training of TTSH physiotherapists as External Instructors (EIs) and users for Hocoma. Upon successful certification as EIs, TTSH will work with Hocoma to deploy the EIs in the training of Lokomat users in the Asia Pacific region.

About Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)

Tan Tock Seng Hospital is an acute general hospital equipped with world-class medical facilities and an established reputation in the field of providing healthcare for the community. Established in 1844, TTSH has built on a tradition of compassion set by its founder, Mr Tan Tock Seng, to provide seamless and holistic healthcare services. TTSH is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), in recognition of its world-class patient care and comprehensive range of high quality holistic healthcare services at its main hospital complex, Communicable Disease Centre (CDC), TTSH Rehabilitation Centre and specialist clinics. TTSH was restructured in 2000 to become part of the National Healthcare Group (NHG) that umbrellas 14 other medical institutions.

About Hocoma AG

Hocoma AG Medical Engineering is the leader in robotic rehabilitation therapy for neurological movement disorders. The Swiss medical technology company develops innovative therapy solutions working closely with leading clinics and research centers.

About Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)

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