NYP duo comes up with app for keying in medical info

SINGAPORE - Trainee doctors normally use pen and paper to record their personal performance after completing their daily practicum activities.

But soon, they will be able to do it simply by using their smartphones, all thanks to "My Medilearner", a mobile application developed by two students from Nanyang Polytechnic's (NYP) School of Information Technology.

Last September, Mr Spencer Tan, 19, and Mr Edwin Kho, 20, began working with Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) on the app as part of their final-year project.

The app is developed to help trainee doctors from Duke-NUS improve their learning experience.

'CONVENIENT'

Said Mr Kho: "From what we observe, it is very tedious for the students to write notes on their logbooks while they lug heavy items such as laptops and lab books around.

"With our application, it is more convenient for them to key in (their notes) through their phones."

The app, which took six months to develop, will also allow lecturers to access students' performance during practicum activities on the go, said Mr Melvyn Suan, assistant director of mobile innovation at the NYP School of Engineering.

With the app, trainee doctors can easily input information into a portal without the hassle of carrying their logbooks around.

Mr Suan added: "(Being) near-field communication (NFC)-enabled, the system minimises potential for human errors with NFC tags developed to access a student's profile by hovering a tag over the phone screen."

My Medilearner is expected to be fully launched by March.

NYP duo comes up with app for keying in medical info

natasyai@sph.com.sg


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