Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

LifeSense wearables help Singapore incontinence study

Steve Rogerson
September 4, 2018



Singapore’s National University Hospital (NUH) is using wearable technology from Dutch firm LifeSense Group to assess an app-based programme for patients with mild to moderate stress incontinence.
 
Approved by the Health Science Authority of Singapore, Carin designed for women and Wil for men are non-invasive pelvic floor trainers that let users regain control of their bodies while improving their pelvic health in the privacy of their homes.
 
The three-part combination of smart textiles, Bluetooth sensor and a tailored exercise programme provides users with the tools they need to strengthen their pelvic floor and regain bladder control. The smart underwear absorbs as much as standard disposables without the bulk, mess or waste. It allows patients to pursue and track their progress while remaining comfortable, dry and active.
 
The small sensor fits discreetly inside the comfortable and stylish underwear. The sensor detects and records leaks in real time. The accompanying app allows patients to view and share their data with their health provider, track their progress, and follow simple steps to improve bladder control. By following the exercise programme for at least ten minutes per day, users should see improvements in five to eight weeks.
 
“We are glad to be in partnership with NUH to introduce our products to its patients here in Singapore,” said Valer Pop, CEO of LifeSense Group. “We are confident that patients in Singapore will benefit from the use of our products.”
 
LifeSense was introduced to NUH a year ago through the EU Business Avenues in South East Asia programme, when LifeSense participated in a business mission to Singapore and Thailand. The programme is a five-year EU-funded initiative to help European companies establish a foothold in this region, through a suite of dedicated services covering business, cultural and legal needs, using market studies, business culture awareness training and business meetings.
 
This week’s Healthcare & Medical Technologies mission to Singapore and Philippines is the tenth mission under this programme. Fifty European companies will participate in Medical Fair Asia that runs until Friday August 31 before traveling to Manila, Philippines, for three days of site visits, market briefings and pre-scheduled business meetings.