New options in care and connectedness

Republic Polytechnic introduces two specialist diplomas in healthcare and IT
Published: 4:00 AM, July 17, 2017

Republic Polytechnic (RP) will launch two year-long specialist diploma courses in October: The Specialist Diploma in Internet of Things (SDIoT), and the Specialist Diploma in Transitional Care Management (SDTCM). The latter is jointly developed by RP and SingHealth.

An alternative healthcare pathway

Speaking at the Ministry of Health Committee of Supply Debate 2016, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong observed the need to reshape Singapore’s health delivery system from hospital-centric to community-based care, by linking care through the integration of the Regional Health System.

SDTCM trains students to become Care Coordinator Associates (CCA) who help discharged patients transition from hospital to community care.

“CCAs coordinate all aspects of discharge planning and care navigation based on the care plan drawn up by the SingHealth Patient Navigators — nurses well-versed in clinical assessment, navigation and coordination across different care settings,” explained Associate Professor Premarani K, deputy director for Singapore Health Services.

CCAs also visit patients and caregivers at home, and connect them to social-support services.

“Students will learn about the discharge-planning process, the chronic disease model and financial issues relating to healthcare,” said Ms Sujata Rajaram, programme head for SDTCM.

SDTCM comprises two Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) programmes covering transitional care systems and transitional care coordination. Students can complete both programmes to be awarded the specialist diploma, or obtain a PDC upon completion of one programme.

The new age of networking

The world is changing thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), a network of physical objects containing embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact.

“SDIoT combines computer science and engineering, uses industry-oriented edge devices, and engages industry partners for problem-based scenarios and case studies,” said Mr Tan Wee Siong, programme head for the course. Modules include big data analytics, programming and 3D printing.

The specialist diploma comprises two PDC programmes: Fundamentals of Internet of Things, and Advanced Applications in the Internet of Things. Students earn a PDC with the completion of each programme, and a specialist diploma at the end of both.