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Reports on NCIS launching a number of services to improve the quality of care, providing additional care for geriatric cancer patients and providing door-to-door care for stem cell transplant patients.
They interviewed Mr. Yeo Wee Lee, the first patient who enrolled for the Outpatient Stem Cell Transplant + Home Monitoring. He spoke that the home care service is much more convenient because he does not need to travel, queue in the hospital and reduces risk of contracting hospital bugs. The recovery process at home is better and more comfortable, with nurses checking on him three times a week.
NCIS will also be launching the NCIS Cancer app for in Q2 next year. Equipped with Artificial Intelligence a chatbot, it aims to provide support for cancer patients for all their cancer-related needs. It will be rolled out first for breast and colorectal cancer patients. Prof Chng Wee Joo, Director of NCIS, said that the application can follow a patient’s entire treatment process and provide information at any time through chatbot. He added, “Patients have questions now and then, and they get worried when they could not find the answers. They have to wait to ask their doctors at the next consultation which they may forget when the time comes. With the chat bot, they can now get an answer anytime anywhere.”
NCIS also launched a Geriatric Oncology Clinic in September 2018 which will assess elder patients more accurately so that they can provide better patient care. The Acute Cancer Care Unit, which was launched in January 2018, hopes to reduce the number of cases that will require patients to be hospitalised. If a patient’s condition is not serious, the nurses would administer treatment at the Acute Cancer Care Unit for a few hours before being discharged.
These were announced at the NCIS 10th Anniversary gala dinner yesterday. Over $700,000 was raised for the NCIS Cancer Fund which helps needy cancer patients and funds cancer research and education.
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