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“Hipportable”, a transportable belt that allows caregivers to lift and transport elderly with disabilities won the first prize at the Medical Grand Challenge.

Winners of the Medical Grand Challenge were announced on the evening of 18 August 2017, concluding the student-led, multi-disciplinary competition. The teams were accessed by a panel of judges for their business strategy, creativity, design quality and healthcare impact.

“Hipportable”, a transportable belt that allows caregivers to lift and transport elderly with disabilities won the first prize. The second prize went to the team behind “PDSafe”, which reduces infections in peritoneal dialysis patients by allowing contactless sterilisation, while “FootSense”, an affordable, portable, home-based foot temperature monitoring system to detect foot ulcers, walked away as third prize winners.

Other awards presented were the Change Maker Prizes for the most creative and impactful projects and People’s Choice Award for the most popular project.

Launched in August last year, the inaugural Medical Grand Challenge aims to nurture a culture of curiosity among undergraduates, while encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship. Over the past year, medical students teamed up with their counterparts from the Engineering, Law, Arts and Business faculties to explore creative solutions to address unmet healthcare needs.

Read more at NUS Highlights and see press release.

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The top three winners of MGC was awarded to projects “Hipportable”, "PDSafe" and "FootSense."
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A team member of “Providing On-Site Diagnostics: Greater Productivity & Convenience to Raise Value in Clinical Care” sharing more information about the project, which won the People’s Choice Award at the Medical Grand Challenge.
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Guest of Honour, NUS Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye (second from left) and Professor John Wong, Chief Executive of the National University Health System (third from left), tested the prototype of “FootSense”, an affordable, portable, home-based foot temperature monitoring system for the early detection of foot ulcers.
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"PDSafe", a device that helps reduce infections in peritoneal dialysis patients by allowing contactless sterilisation, won the second prize.
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"eVand", a lightweight, motion-sensing, inexpensive smartwear for administration of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to treat chronic venous insufficiency, won the Change Maker Prize.

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