GenAIus Challenge: Empowering healthcare professionals with Generative AI

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Singapore's national HealthTech agency, Synapxe, has introduced the GenAIus Challenge, an initiative designed to encourage public healthcare professionals to leverage the potential of Generative AI (GenAI) to address everyday challenges within the healthcare ecosystem. 

What is GenAI?  

GenAI is a type of artificial intelligence that can generate new data, such as text, code, or images. In the context of healthcare, GenAI has the potential to streamline workflows, improve communication, and personalise patient care.

The GenAIus Challenge: Fostering innovation to solve healthcare challenges

The GenAIus Challenge is a three-stage initiative that provides a platform for healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and administrators, to collaborate and develop GenAI-powered solutions for real-world healthcare problems or use cases.

The first stage involved participation in Ideation Workshops facilitated by tech industry leaders like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Avanade & Microsoft, and Google Cloud. These workshops equipped participants with the knowledge and tools required to develop GenAI solutions. There will be brainstorming sessions where these tech industry leaders will dive deep with participants to explore how GenAI can solve public healthcare challenges. 



Shortlisted use cases will progress to the development of Minimum Viable Products (MVPs), essentially prototypes of the proposed GenAI solutions. Finally, the most promising MVPs may be deployed in real-world healthcare settings, allowing for real-time assessment of their impact on patient care.

You would be able to transform your ideas into something real and make a difference to the real-world healthcare settings. 

Quoting Charmaine Sim, Advanced Practice Nurse (Critical Care), National University Hospital, at the ideation workshop by Google Cloud:

“Our goal through the GenAIus Challenge, was to enhance patient care in the intensive care unit (ICU) by exploring two predictive tools powered by GenAI. The first tool would assist nurses in determining the timing and mode of dialysis a patient needs, while the second tool would empower nurses with data-driven insights to make better informed decisions on when to extubate (i.e. to remove a tube that has been put into the body) patients.

The ideation workshop hosted by Google Cloud prompted us to think deeper on how we can further develop and scale up our use cases, to potentially impact more ICUs or even institutions at large.”

How do GenAI initiatives help public healthcare? 

Participation in the GenAIus Challenge offers a multitude of benefits for healthcare professionals. These include:

  • Transformative potential: The opportunity to develop innovative solutions with the potential to significantly impact healthcare delivery in Singapore. 
  • Tech partnerships: Collaboration with leading technology companies throughout the development process. 
  • Networking opportunities: The chance to connect and share knowledge with like-minded healthcare professionals and AI experts. 

The GenAIus Programme: A broader initiative to build capabilities of public healthcare professionals

The GenAIus Challenge is part of Synapxe's broader GenAIus Programme, a comprehensive effort to promote awareness and adoption of GenAI technologies within the public healthcare sector.

The programme kicked off with Generative AI Week in January 2024, which attracted over 3,000 participants and explored the various applications of AI in healthcare.

Another key component of the GenAIus Programme is the upcoming GenAIus Hub, which will be a central repository for GenAI learning resources specifically aimed at public healthcare professionals. The Hub will offer on-demand content, instructor-led courses, and workshops focused on various GenAI-related topics. 

By providing healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge, skills, and support, Synapxe's GenAIus Programme aims to foster a culture of innovation within the public healthcare sector and leverage the power of GenAI to improve patient care delivery in Singapore.

Find out more about our Health AI projects here.


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