The recent digital edition virtual CAREhab Singapore Rehabilitation Conference 2020 drew 50 speakers and 1,200 members of the healthcare community for two days of live learning, networking and collaboration. A fifth of attendees came from abroad, representing 30 countries and took part in more than 200 meetings facilitated over the two-day virtual event. Nine hundred participants attended the in-person event in 2019.
The digital event was co-organised by SingEx Exhibitions and the Society for Rehabilitation Medicine (Singapore) and hosted on CAREhab GO, an integrated digital platform built by SingEx and dedicated to the needs of the healthcare community.
CAREhab 2020 featured a carefully curated programme of expert-led keynotes, conference tracks, sandbox sessions, networking and collaborative activities, as well as a virtual exhibition showcase. Registered members continue to enjoy refreshed content on the platform in addition to continued learning, conversations and connections.
“The importance of community has never been stronger in the current environment we live in,” said Aloysius Arlando, CEO of SingEx Holdings. “The MICE industry has always played a key role in bringing communities together. While we cannot gather in person, SingEx remains committed to connecting our communities within and across industries through innovative and engaging ways for seamless sharing, learning, networking and collaboration.”
James Boey, executive director of SingEx Exhibitions, also noted the robust numbers which he said was testament to the demand for continuous learning and connecting remaining high, if not higher than before, in the new normal.
“We are seeing a huge appetite from the healthcare community not just for learning and connecting, but also for unique experiences online,” said Boey. “With new demands placed upon them from Covid-19, it is essential for them to have access to continuous content and community engagement in their own time. Virtual offerings like CAREhab GO will become permanent augments to the physical when in-person events eventually return.”
“This conference is an opportunity for us to share our best practices of care. There’s been a lot of talk about a new normal and how some of our transmission-risky practices of the past will now have to change. This is an ideal platform for us to discuss and share our experiences and thoughts on this,” said organising chairperson of the 6th Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, assistant professor Geoffrey S Samuel, Consultant at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at Singapore General Hospital, during his opening remarks.
Real stories of survival and strength resonated strongly over the two-day live conference. These included Mr Melvin Ong, a survivor of high spinal cord injury, who shared his uplifting personal story of recovery and overcoming life’s obstacles after injury. His sandbox session was among the most popular on the first conference day as well as emerging as the top voted favourite.
Para-athlete Md Shariff Abdullah, also known as The Singapore Blade Runner, also inspired with his powerful story of success and resilience which has seen him conquer almost 30 full marathons and ultra-marathons. His sandbox session too was one of the most watched videos over the two days.
All sessions are still available for delegates to view on demand on the CAREhab GO platform.
For exhibitor Warren Chew, founder of Falcon Mobility Singapore, showcasing on the virtual CAREhab GO platform was an eye-opening first. “The digital exhibitor showcase enables exhibitors like us to reach out to a larger pool of people in a shorter amount of time. The platform also allows us to fully leverage richer resources and assets like videos to generate interest among participants.”