Design Thinking in Medical/Rehab Device Innovation for Aged-Care

Design Thinking in Medical/Rehab Device Innovation for Aged-Care

KWSH-QI-08 (Intermediate)

Course Overview

As a specific topic, this course focuses on how design thinking can bring about medical/rehab device innovation for the rehabilitation and geriatric care sectors. The “magic” of the medical/rehab device innovation has not been successfully imparted to some health care providers because the rigor of the upstream design thinking process-centred on need finding and characterization – is not well understood or  practiced. Participants will be introduced to various pillars which contribute to the innovation process and better appreciate how they result in better implementation. This course is aimed at healthcare professionals with little or no background in medical/rehab device development.

Target Participants

All levels of management, supervisors, healthcare practitioners and community healthcare partners

Course Details

Date/ Time

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Singapore Institute of Technology @ Dover

10 Dover Drive

Singapore 138683

Course Trainers

KWSH is delivering the course in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

Dr Agnes Xue

A Red-Dot award-winning designer who actively pursues excellence in healthcare innovations through multiple publications, Dr Agnes Xue is currently an Assistant Professor at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), Design and Specialised Businesses cluster. She also holds another appointment as the Deputy Program Director of the Interior Design  degree program. As a recipient of NUS Postgraduate Research  Scholarship, Agnes holds a Ph.D in Design and has published numerous papers which focuses on medical device design and health care           technological applications. Agnes has held multi-portfolio across        academia, consultancy, operations and management. She has branched out to other disciplines especially in understanding how design as a      creative process and business strategy can be applied to the many facets of healthcare. In her personal capacity, she helps out as the Curriculum Co-Head at the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign program, a national-level medical technology innovation training program and a joint venture    between A*STAR and Stanford University and volunteers as the         Honorary Treasurer of the Lupus      Association Singapore. Agnes has always been an entrepreneur at heart. During her time outside of the university, she has invested and started a 3D visualisation design studio and an interior design consultancy.

Launched in 2010, the Singapore-Stanford Biodesign (SSB) Programme is a joint partnership between the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), the Economic Development Board (EDB) and Stanford University. Modelled after the established Biodesign Programme at Stanford University, this capability development initiative aims to train and nurture the next generation of medical technology innovators for Singapore and Asia. Since 5 December 2019, SSB has been re-named as Singapore Biodesign, signifying a move to being more Asia and implementation focussed to bring about economic benefits and healthcare value through healthtech innovation training.

Course Fees:$1812.85 (inclusive of 7% GST)


Prevailing course fee subsidy at 90% for Singaporeans/ PRs and 45% for foreign staff working in eligible community care organisations.

Please register for the course via AIC Learning Management System. Go to the following URL:

Contact us:

(65) 6422-1300