Nine more partners join Singapore's first healthcare co-learning network to drive innovation
Singapore, 8 November 2017 - FutureHealth, a three-day conference starting today, will discuss innovations in the healthcare workplace and the latest advances in diagnostics, management and treatment of diseases that have the potential to transform the healthcare industry.
To signal the strong need for innovation in healthcare, Minister for Health, Mr Gan Kim Yong, will preside over the inaugural FutureHealth conference themed Innovations Transforming Healthcare.
Jointly organised by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore's medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMedicine), NTU Institute for Health Technologies (HealthTech NTU) and the Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), the conference is held at LKCMedicine's newly opened Clinical Sciences Building.
The showcase, which brings together both international and local experts from academia, government, start-ups and other industries including banking, will discuss the challenges and interdependence of transforming the healthcare workforce and medical technology.
LKCMedicine Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee, and conference co-chair, said, "FutureHealth aims to challenge our notion of healthcare transformation and inspire participants to seek new opportunities that will benefit Singaporeans and communities around the region. The conference will serve as an excellent platform to learn from industry leaders in and beyond the healthcare sector, who possess diverse knowledge and expertise in identifying and solving the needs and challenges in our healthcare landscape."
HealthTech NTU Executive Director Professor Russell Gruen said, "Genuine healthcare transformation requires us to harness synergies between new technologies and fresh approaches to organisation and delivery of services. This conference embraces that union, as the key to value-based healthcare."
Giving an insight on innovations to come, NTU's semi-autonomous social robot EDGAR-2 will be present at the conference. The university's EDGAR series of robots are likely technology pioneers that could enable future doctors to reach many more patients via their robotic avatar, or provide tools to comfort patients via human-robot interaction when they feel distressed. Such robots may increase efficiency as well as cost reduction, and potentially improve the quality of patient care.
Healthcare think-tank expands
On the sidelines of the Conference, nine more prominent organisations will commit to be part of a think-tank network to identify and collaborate on solutions to healthcare challenges.
The Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) Co-Learning Network, established last year with 18 organisations, can soon count on leading industry partners such as Workplace by Facebook, Philips Electronics and NEC Laboratories further their mission of transforming healthcare. These partners, renowned in their specific industries, with their own centres for learning and innovation will offer their wealth of experience, expertise and knowledge in the areas of smart technology, healthcare innovations and data analytics. Their inclusion in the network will enable us to better co-learn and co-create solutions for patients.
CHI Executive Director Mr David Dheverajulu said, "FutureHealth and the Co-Learning Network are pivotal platforms where like-minded organisations from various knowledge industries will help us to learn together and come up with more holistic and robust solutions. Given the challenges associated with an ageing population and workforce, it is no longer business as usual, we need to redesign the way we work, the way we learn and the intentional use of technology to deliver care at a sustainable cost. We also need to establish thought leadership to learn within and outside the healthcare sector to keep our care processes and workforce current and relevant."
An example of the transformative solutions and partnerships CHI Co-Learning Network champions is a collaboration between TTSH and the Nanyang Polytechnic, who teamed up to leverage on each other's expertise to design a multi-functional chair that will not only aid in rehabilitating patients but also allow caregivers who stay overnight to have conducive rest. The prototype is in the midst of refinement and will soon find its way into healthcare settings.
Workplace by Facebook, an enterprise communications and collaboration platform aimed at facilitating discussions within and across companies and organisations around the world, has had a smooth rollout in Singapore. TTSH was the first hospital globally to adopt Workplace and has seen learning go social and exchange of ideas go mobile and in real time. With such sharing now happening online in a safe and secured way, more healthcare institutions have now adopted Workplace, enabling discussions both within and across organisations.
Ramesh Gopalkrishna Head Asia-Pacific (APAC), Workplace by Facebook said, "We're excited and looking forward to contribute to the strategic conversations and initiatives that will address healthcare challenges and develop better ways of working."
At the conference, Health Minister Gan presented awards to seven healthcare projects from five healthcare institutions under the National Healthcare Innovation & Productivity (HIP) Medals.
Launched in 2016 by the Ministry of Health to foster a more hands-on effort in productivity and innovation, the Medals recognise teams who achieve excellence in three award categories: "Care Redesign", "Automation, IT and Robotics Innovation", and "Workforce Transformation".
Details on the National HIP Medals are attached as Annex A below.