Grand Prize Winner: CARES4WOUNDS, Singapore
Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation
On 30 July 2021, The Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) and the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) were pleased to announce Tetsuyu’s CARES4WOUNDS as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation (HAPI).
HAPI is an award program designed to recognize and amplify innovative policies, programs, services, and products that address the challenges facing aging societies. This prize is an initiative of ERIA and JCIE, carried out under the auspices of the Japanese government’s Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN). Hundreds of inspiring innovations across Asia were assessed by an international committee of experts and CARES4WOUNDS emerged as the only winner in Singapore.
CARES4WOUNDS were among the ten awardees from countries in East and Southeast Asia who were recognized for their innovative work in the field of aging in three categories:
- Technology & Innovation: New technologies and techniques that encourage healthy and productive aging, that improve the way that older persons receive care, or that provide greater efficiency, safety, and/or convenience for older persons and caregivers
- Community-Based Initiatives: Community-based approaches—including intergenerational approaches—to keeping older adults healthy, active, engaged, and/or safe
- Supporting Self-Reliance: New ways to help older adults maintain, improve, or restore their ability to carry out activities of daily living and to age in place
Read more about the award: https://www.ahwin.org/winners-of-2021-healthy-aging-prize-for-asian-innovation-hapi/
Word of appreciation
Tetsuyu has been working hard to improve the lives of patients suffering from physical wounds all over the world through our continuous technological innovations. We strive to automate and simplify wound care processes for healthcare providers and caregivers with the latest developments and are thrilled to see that our efforts have been recognised. It is a great honour to be awarded the Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 Healthy Aging Prize for Asian Innovation (HAPI). We are thankful for the support offered by all our partners and clients thus far and will continue to deliver the best quality care.
Highlights of CARES4WOUNDS
In aging societies around the world, there has been an increase in the incidence of chronic wounds associated with comorbid conditions such as diabetes. Chronic wounds tend to be prevalent in nursing homes as patients have both comorbidities and reduced mobility.
Wound care is a particularly acute issue in Singapore, a country that has been undergoing a rapid shift from an aging to an aged population. Hospitals and community care providers are experiencing an increase in elderly patients needing help with wound care, and Singapore now has one of the highest rates of diabetes-related lower extremity amputation in the world. Wound-related admissions have doubled between 2000 and 2017 in Singapore due to a high prevalence of neuro-ischemic ulcers and pressure ulcers, resulting in a clinical and economic burden on the healthcare system.
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CARES4WOUNDS makes wound management and assessment 11 times quicker. These time reductions arise from easy access to patient history and accessing of accurate wound information, automated processes, and lack of travel time with use of teleconsultations. This therefore allows for more frequent consultations and timely interventions.
Read AHWIN’s article featuring CARES4WOUNDS: https://www.ahwin.org/cares4wounds/
About the Organizers of HAPI
HAPI is an initiative of the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), based in Jakarta, and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), located in Tokyo and New York. These nonprofit think tanks are partnering on several projects under the auspices of the Japanese government’s Asia Health and Wellbeing Initiative (AHWIN).
AHWIN was launched in 2016 to promote bilateral and regional cooperation on a range of issues related to fostering vibrant and healthy societies where people can enjoy long and productive lives, to develop sustainable and self-reliant health care systems in Asia, and to contribute to the region’s sustainable and equitable development and economic growth. As part of that initiative, ERIA and JCIE are focusing on the promotion of healthy aging in Asia, supporting research, dialogues, and information sharing that can benefit people and policymakers throughout the region. For details about HAPI, visit our website at https://www.ahwin.org/award/.
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