CREST spearheads collaboration network in health, wellness

THE Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) has been appointed as the neutral entity for the i-Connect health and wellness sector, an initiative introduced by Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), under the purview of the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation (MOSTI).  

This appointment will allow CREST to steer a consortium, consisting of 15 founding members which will represent the industry, academia, government and civil society, to catalyse innovation, nurture talent and increase Malaysia’s competitiveness in developing health and wellness solutions for local and global markets.

The Health and Wellness network is the first to make its debut and its key focus areas are: healthy aging, community health, communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases.

CREST said through the use of digital technologies – Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, data analytics, blockchain and bioscience technology, the network aims to create solutions that address health and wellness challenges in areas such as:

  • Epidemiology and surveillance for prevention and early detection of endemic;
  • Environmental and community approaches to promote health, support healthy behaviours, including the promotion of healthy lifestyles; and
  • Intervention to reduce barriers to care and improves the effective use of clinical and preventive services for patients and caregivers.

In tandem with the launch of the i-Connect Health and Wellness network, CREST is inviting the research community to apply for the i-Connect Health & Wellness Technological Development Grant to fund their projects focused on development and deployment phases, namely, technology readiness level 4 and above.