iAPPS Health Group announces collaboration with Chung Hwa Medical Institution at [email protected]

We are happy to announce the joint collaboration of  Chung Hwa Medical Institution & iAPPS Health Group within [email protected] in promoting East-meet-West in medical science.

This will advance the holistic management of our patients in terms of medical science research in the Western and Chinese field of medicine.

In modern medicine, one of the best approaches is a use of combination therapy incorporating Western medicine to alleviate current symptoms and using Chinese medicine to address the root cause of the disease as well as preventing disease reoccurrence. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), includes hot cupping, acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine and nutraceutical medicine.  TCM diagnoses through the observation of symptoms and appearances such as the eyes, skin and tongue colour as well as the pulse of the patient.  It then seeks to address the overall systemic problem as a whole with a focus on treatment and preventing any potential adverse effects from the treatment.

Western medicine includes surgery and most commonly the use of pharmaceutical drugs. 

Western medicine treats one’s symptoms and target organ as isolated from the rest of the body, instead of as one whole interconnected system. In addition, Western medicine provides diagnosis through laboratory testing with a focus on eliminating symptoms whilst achieving a cure.

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[email protected] is conceptualised as a town-level community avenue to meet the changing lifestyle needs of over 290,000 Bedok residents. Its mission statement is to help residents develop active, healthy, creative, learning and forward-looking lifestyles through resident and community-centric programming.

The Management Office partners co-located agencies namely, Sport Singapore, People’s Association (Kampong Chai Chee Constituency Office), SingHealth Polyclinics, National Library Board and NTUC Silver Circle as well as external agencies such as Health Promotion Board to drive regular sports and wellness integrated programmes. The co-location of the various agencies within the community building generates synergy of operations and promotes creative cross-programming, with the aim of achieving wider community outreach and resident engagement, for the betterment of residents in Bedok and East Coast.

Background of Chung Hwa Medical Institution 

The Former Life of Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution—Establishment of the Chung Hwa Free Clinic (1952)

In view of the poor state of Singapore’s post-war health care facilities, the SCPA believed that besides establishing academic TCM and promoting TCM to the masses, it was necessary to establish a TCM organisation that offered free TCM consultation, which would not only help the needy and poor and serve the community better, but also serve as a venue to study large patient groups. Hence, the SCPA, with the strong support from members of the public, set up the “Chung Hwa Free Clinic” in 1952, and started seeing its first patients on 17th March 1952. 

Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution has undergone 50 years of ups and downs, successes and failures, under the direction of SCPA’s council members and boards of directors, the spirit of promoting and expanding TCM in Singapore was upheld. With the constant improvements made to the facilities and computer systems and improve service quality standards.

Comments from Chung Hwa Medical Institution CEO: “We are pleased to be in collaboration with IHG to further our advances of Chinese medicine into the new arena of western medicine. This will allow us to combine both western and Chinese medicine”.

Background of iAPPS Health Group

iAPPS Health Group offers a  Personalised, Predictive, and Preventive Medicine through a digital wallet and virtual health card all on a single platform. This translates to empowering positive behavioural changes through  data-driven innovation that curates real-time interventions to help one  achieve a better quality-of-life. 

At iHG, we integrate financial, medical and digital transformation technologies into the 3 care pillars of medicalfunctional and nutritional domains.

The outcome of 3P Medicine is to provide users personalised healthcare pathways based on their health goals & genetic makeup, predicting the earliest signs of health risks when it’s most reversible via Machine Learning, and preventing future health risks with Artificial Intelligence in clinical & internet of medical things (IoMT) diagnostics.

We utilise  the application  nBuddy to log one’s daily meals and physical activities and monitor one’s health parameters. One can also access our professional line of support, connect with health professionals, and receive essential nutritional and health advice – anytime, anywhere.

Aligning with Ministry of Health’s 3 Beyonds Strategy:

 Beyond Healthcare to Health

 Beyond Hospital to Community

 Beyond Quality to Value

Comments from Dr Lam Pin Min:

“This collaboration brings together infinite possibilities of how a five thousand year old eastern medicine can value add to our western medicine in curing the person in a holistic way. Food is also medicine, what you eat is what you are. Therefore, with the use of nbuddy, this will help you improve your lifestyle in achieving a healthier you. We aspire to combine the ideologist of two diverse medicine disciplines in achieving the outcome of 3P medicine which is in line with our Ministry of Health’s 3 beyond strategy”.

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iAPPS Health Group Chairman Dr. Lam Pin Min officiates grand opening of 1doc Medical Centre at Changi Business Park

Singapore, April 24, 2022 — iAPPS Health Group (“iHG”) celebrated the grand opening of its first 5G Clinic at Changi Business Park, 1doc Medical Centre on Sunday morning.

Officiated by Dr. Lam Pin Min, the grand opening was commemorated by an official ribbon cutting ceremony and witnessed by 50 guests which include Mapletree Head of Marketing Ms Chng Siok Khim, various stakeholders, medical advisors, as well as iAPPS staff and family members.

Aligning with the iHG vision, 1doc Medical Centre aims to promote a “Healthier You” through its 3P Medicine — personalized, preventative and predictive — methodology with the 3 pillars of its HOPE program of: Medicine, Fitness and Nutrition.

The opening of the clinic also falls in line with MOH-led strategy of “Healthier SG”.

As highlighted by Dr. Lam Pin Min in his opening remarks: “In iHG, we believe in working upstream in keeping oneself healthy and regular health screening to pick up diseases early so that we can prevent deterioration of the medical conditions.”

“The 3 pillars of our specialty HOPE program — Medicine, Fitness and Nutrition — therefore, subscribe to the objectives of the Healthier SG strategy.”

Care Pillar: Fitness

As part of the grand opening, guests embarked on a 1.5km walk and jog around Changi Business Park, clocking an average of about 2,000 steps.

“Fitness is the condition of being physically strong and healthy,” said Dr. Lam on the significance of the walk. “Through this symbolic walk, we hope to cultivate healthy habits and a mindset of regular exercise.

Care Pillar: Nutrition

Upon the completion of the walk, food specially prepared by the 1doc Chef was provided to the guests — a healthier version of the well-loved local Nasi Lemak dish.

“Nutrition by definition is the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. Harvesting our fresh produce grown locally at Abyfarm, we are able to deliver a farm to table concept of delicious cuisines prepared by our chef under the nutritional guidance from our dietitian,” said Dr. Lam.

Care Pillar: Medicine

The team of passionate physicians at 1doc Medical Centre practice with the state of the art technology and up to date evidence-based medicine in delivering efficient and effective clinical care to patients.

1doc Medical Centre, a 5G Clinic

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, guests were brought on a tour of the clinic, led by iHG’s team of physicians: Dr. Chrystal Fong, Dr. Toh Mei Ling, and Dr. Lam Wai Khin.

Guests got to experience a patient’s journey with a demonstration of the 1doc app, from appointment booking to reviewing of their results. They were then briefed on the services available at 1doc Medical Centre, which include medical and dietitian services. As the clinic specializes in health screenings, guests got to learn about some of the tests and measurement options included in the health screening packages.

Finally, they were introduced to HEAL with HOPE, where HEAL refers to Healthy Eating, Active Life, and HOPE refers to the clinic’s Health Optimization Program Experience. In this segment, participants were given insight on how food choices and activity levels can impact their health.

1doc Medical Centre Open House

As part of our grand opening, 1doc Medical Centre will be holding an open house on Wednesday, 11th of May. Spend your lunchtime with 1doc and find out first-hand what our clinic is all about.

As the event is held during lunchtime, food will be provided to all attendees.

Date: Wed, 11 May 2022

Time: 11:30AM – 2:00 PM

RSVP by 30 April to pre-book a slot! Lunch is provided.

Slots available for pre-booking (45 minutes):

– 11:30am to 12:15pm

– 12:15pm to 1:00pm

– 1:00pm to 1:45pm

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Singapore’s obesity rate is at its highest since 2010. How can we take action to combat this?

As reported by CNA, MOH is urging the public to exercise and adopt healthier diets as a way to fight against obesity.

Among iAPPS Health Group’s suite of offerings is nBuddy, a lifestyle management application that strives to promote sustainable weight management and chronic disease management via positive behavioural change that is facilitated through our mobile app. 

Browse through the images below to see how nBuddy’s app features can be used to help you adopt a healthier diet

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Pre-departure Tests for Travellers during COVID-19 times

Photo: Unsplash / Mufid Majnun

Travelling out of Singapore? ✈️

Some countries require you to test negative on a PCR or ART Test prior to your departure! Testing requirements for destination countries can usually be found through their respective Embassy websites.

i-wellness, a member of iAPPS Health Group, is one of the healthcare providers approved by Ministry of Health Singapore to provide Health Certs for Pre-Departure PCR Tests.

Clinic Information

Address:
Integrated Wellness Clinic Pte Ltd
8 Sinaran Drive #05-04
Novena Specialist Center
Singapore 307470

Phone: 62507623

Email: [email protected]

Operating Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Testing Window

For latest information, please refer to the Safetravel website

PCR tests are to be taken 48–72 hours before your scheduled flight, depending on destination. Please allocate sufficient time to do the tests and receive your test results before your departure. Travellers are responsible for checking the testing window requirements of their travel destination before scheduling their appointment.

Test Results

Your COVID-19 test results will be sent via email and reflected in your HealthHub app and TraceTogether app within 24 – 36 hours. You are advised to print this for easy reference during your travel.

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Home Recovery Programme – What to expect if you test positive for COVID-19 in Singapore

Living with COVID-19 in Singapore

So you’ve tested positive for COVID-19. What do you do next?

In Singapore, Home Recovery Programme (HRP) is the default care arrangement for everyone who tests positive for COVID-19, except for:

  • Partially or unvaccinated persons aged 50 years & older;
  • Vaccinated persons aged 80 years & older;
  • Children aged less than 3 months old;
  • Children aged 3 months to less than 3 years old assessed to be clinically unsuitable for home recovery

If you fall into one of the aforementioned categories, you will receive a call from Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) to schedule your transfer to an appropriate care facility.

Otherwise, read our infographic below to find out what you can expect if you are put under HRP:

HeartVoice, a member of iAPPS Health Group, is one of the telemedicine providers approved to support MOH in the HRP.

For medical issues, individuals under HRP may contact a Telemed doctor at go.gov.sg/telemedicineproviders, where a doctor will be assigned to to speak with them via teleconsult.

For non-medical issues, individuals may speak with a Home Recovery Buddy at 6874 4939.

For more information on how to navigate living with COVID-19 as we move into an endemic, please visit covid.gov.sg.

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Frequently Asked Questions on our Health Alliance Network

How can my clinic benefit from joining iAPPS Health Group's Health Alliance Network?

Your clinic can benefit from:
Going Digital
  • Enjoy fairer returns for your services with full control over your clinic offerings
  • Pay minimal service fees as iHG charges only 10% for each successful transaction within our platform
  • Provide support for cashless payments to your patients through seamless e-wallet functionalities
  • Reduce inventory costs through group purchases, as part of an interconnected network of providers (pharmacy network)
  • Offer teleconsultation and RPM services via our telehealth platform & enjoy an 80% subsidy from IMDA

  • Gaining Exposure
  • Equip yourself with the opportunity to be accredited with iHG’s SG Good Doctor Trustmark, regulated by our esteemed medical advisory board
  • Receive invitations to participate in campaigns & expand your patient base and outreach through our corporate events
  • Provide accessible distribution and self collection points islandwide for your patients through our digital networked pharmacy
  • Feature your products & services on iHG's in-app e-commerce marketplace, created for our consumer's everyday healthcare needs
  • Are you a Third Party Administrator?

    iAPPS Health Group is NOT a Third Party Administrator.

    We operate a digital payment platform licensed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) which aims to digitalise payment services for the healthcare industry.

    Our platform, 1Doc, provides clinics under our Health Alliance Network with the capabilities to provide support for cashless payments to patients, through our digital payment functionalities. We will also provide an in-app teleconsultation platform and e-commerce marketplace, where clinics can feature and sell medical products.

    1Doc also partners with corporates to provide an e-wallet solution which can be used to allocate Health Dollars (flexi benefits) to their employees.

    Is it really free?

    Onboarding is free, at zero cost to you.

    iAPPS Health Group only charges a 10% digital payment fee on all transactions made via 1Doc.

    Rest assured that you and your clinic will get fairer returns for your services if you use our platform, as compared to Third Party Administrators.

    After the funds are instantly credited into my business wallet, can I withdraw from my wallet to my corporate bank account by providing iHG with the instructions?

    For now, withdrawal to corporate bank account is manually processed by finance; therefore, we will act upon receiving the instruction.

    We are also working on integration with our bank that allows the clinic to submit the transfer instructions and similarly to a bank, if it's submitted by FAST, it will be instantly credited, otherwise it will take 2 days if it's via Giro.
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    Get vaccinated for free* in Singapore, Sinovac included

    *Except for patients who have taken 2 doses Pfizer/Moderna and did not have any allergic reactions. Patients in this category will have to self-pay at S$73 per dose. Short-term visit pass holders and tourists are not eligible to get vaccinated in Singapore.

    Individuals who have already taken their first 2 doses will have to take their booster shot 3 months after, or by 31 December, in order to be considered fully vaccinated.

    Please ensure your booster appointment is at least 3 months from your 2nd dose of Sinovac/Sinopharm vaccine or 6 months from your 2nd Pfizer/Moderna vaccine.

    Who can get vaccinated for free under Singapore’s National Vaccination Drive?

    Singapore’s Ministry of Health covers vaccination costs for all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and other long-term residents.

    Long-term residents include employment pass, S-Pass and work permit holders, foreign domestic workers, dependent pass, long-term visit pass and student pass holders. It does not include short-term visit pass holders and tourists. 

    Short-term visit pass holders and tourists are not eligible to get vaccinated in Singapore.

    Get 3 doses of Sinovac for free.

    For unvaccinated individuals, you can now book your appointment to take all 3 doses of Sinovac at i-wellness Clinic in Novena.

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    Join iAPPS Health Group’s Health Alliance Network

    Singapore is a rapidly aging society, with healthcare costs expected to rise and escalate over the next decade. At iAPPS Health Group, we’re committed to improving the process within the healthcare system by leveraging on financial, medical and digital transformation technologies to develop an all-in-one unified platform for providers, businesses, and individuals alike.

    This is an open invitation to all health and wellness providers in Singapore to be part of our Health Alliance Network. Learn how you can benefit by watching this video message from our chairman, Dr Lam Pin Min, Former Senior Minister of State for Health.

    As a member of our Health Alliance Network, you will be presented with opportunities to Go Digital and Gain Exposure, enabled by our integrated payments platform — powered by iAPPS technology.

    Together, we can work towards better managing these challenges to come, whilst providing world class medical service to our patients.

    Want to find out more? Click the button below, fill up the form, and a representative from iHG will be in touch with you soon!

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    Enjoy quarantine-free travel to 11 countries approved under Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane!

    (Updated as of October 19, 2021)

    Planning to take a flight somewhere via the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) soon? ✈️ Don’t forget to check your destination country’s requirements for Pre-departure Swab testing!

    What are the 11 countries approved under Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane?

    🇩🇪🇧🇳 Germany & Brunei
    Since September 8, 2021

    🇨🇦🇩🇰🇫🇷🇮🇹🇳🇱🇪🇸🇬🇧🇺🇸 Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK, & USA
    From October 19, 2021

    🇰🇷 South Korea
    From November 15, 2021

    What are some countries that require Pre-departure PCR Tests?

    As of 19 October, 2021, these are the countries require you to take a Pre-departure PCR Swab Test and test negative before your scheduled fight:

    • Canada (within 72 hours prior to scheduled departure)
    • Italy (within 72 hours prior to scheduled departure)
    • South Korea (within 72 hours prior to scheduled departure)
    • United States (within 72 hours prior to scheduled departure) 

    Where can I take Pre-departure PCR Tests?

    Pre-departure PCR Tests are available at [email protected], a member of iAPPS Health Group.

    Pre-departure PCR Tests at [email protected] cost S$160 each (for All destinations, except for China – S$200).

    Do I still need to take Pre-departure PCR Tests, even with countries under the VTL?

    While travellers get to enjoy quarantine-free travel under VTL, certain countries require for travellers to test negative on a Pre-departure PCR Swab Test within 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure. 

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    Book Sinovac-Coronovac COVID-19 Vaccine for your 3rd dose

    For those who completed their vaccination regime at least 6 months (180 days) ago, you can now book an appointment to have Sinovac administered as your 3rd dose at the i-wellness Clinic, a member of iAPPS Health Group (available on a first-come, first-serve basis).

    Can I take Sinovac for my 3rd dose, if I initially took another type of Vaccine?

    👍🏻 Sinovac is available for any individual who has completed their first 2 doses of any approved vaccine

    ⌛ 3rd doses for Sinovac is recommended to be taken after 180 days or 6 months from your 2nd dose

    🩺 Limited slots for Sinovac are available for booking at the i-wellness clinic

    Who can take Sinovac-Coronavac COVID-19 vaccines?

    💉 What is Sinovac?: Inactivated virus COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese company, Sinovac Biotech

    🏥 Approved by the World Health Organization (WHO): Validated for emergency use, meeting international standards for safety, efficacy and manufacturing

    👍🏼 Vaccine efficacy according to WHO: Prevented symptomatic disease in 51% of those vaccinated, and prevented severe COVID-19 and hospitalization in 100% of studied population

    👩🏻 WHO recommends it for: Adults 18 years and older

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