October 2017 | Issue 32
Disrupting systems to drive healthcare transformation and medical innovation

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By Grace Ang, Senior Executive, Communications & External Relations


Picture stepping into your doctor’s clinic and being greeted by fully technology-driven, digitalised and robotised services. This may well be the reality in the near future as Singapore moves towards becoming a smart nation. Initiatives such as the National Electronic Health Record system are part of nation-wide efforts to digitalise the healthcare industry.

In line with the nation’s aspiration of integrating innovative technologies into the healthcare workforce, this November’s highly anticipated inaugural FutureHealth conference promises three days of intensive discussions on “Innovations Transforming Healthcare”. Jointly organised by LKCMedicine, NTU Institute for Health Technologies (HealthTech NTU) and Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI), the conference will be held from 8 to 10 November at LKCMedicine’s Clinical Sciences Building, which is located at the heart of HealthCity Novena and Singapore’s Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong will grace the event as Guest-of-Honour.

The conference brings together industry experts, medical thought leaders, scientists and researchers from all over the globe to share their latest insights into healthcare innovations and new medical technologies.

The event will kick off with a joint opening address by conference chairs LKCMedicine Executive Vice-Dean Professor Lionel Lee, HealthTech NTU Executive Director Professor Russell Gruen and CHI Executive Director Mr David Dhevarajulu. Following the joint address is a keynote speech by Sir David Dalton, Chief Executive of Salford Royal NHS Foundation, who is working on a project to improve health outcomes for the population of Salford through a new integrated care service approach. Set against Singapore’s transforming healthcare landscape, his keynote comes at a poignant time.

Another item not to be missed is an inspiring keynote address by Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine and LKCMedicine Nanyang Visiting Professor Barry Marshall, renowned for downing a bowl of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) bacterium to prove that stomach ulcers could be cured with a simple course of antibiotics. Prof Marshall, whose discovery led to the cure for H. pylori-related stomach cancers and brought significant improvement to the lives of stomach ulcer patients, will be speaking about how advances in technology have led to medical breakthroughs.

In a talk titled “The Secrets to a Successful Marriage”, listen to speakers Mr Colin Tan, Chief Operating Officer of EndoMaster, a medical robotics company and Professor Lawrence Ho, Senior Consultant at National University Hospital, speak about how their medical robotics research project came to fruition and has now grown into a well-funded start-up.

Researchers and scientists from a wide range of research fields will also be sharing insights on how future diagnostics, therapeutic and system-based technologies, and workforce innovations can advance healthcare delivery in Singapore.

But the conference will not just be filled with technical discussions. Look out for the Lions’ Lair, an exciting competition in which two teams will pitch their inventions to a panel of judges. Immerse yourself in an intense debate on the topic of “Uber-Healthcare: Boom or Doom?” as teams make their case for mobile technology and web-based platforms in healthcare.

Another item to look forward to is the second edition of the National Healthcare Innovation & Productivity Medals (NHIP), including the highly coveted Excellence Champion Medal, which will be presented to seven teams whose work has been outstanding. Organised by the Ministry of Health, the annual NHIP Medals recognise teams who have achieved excellence in healthcare innovation and workforce productivity. The award encourages progress towards enhancing the health of patients and the Singapore population through innovative projects, training and development, and community-enabling programmes.

With the array of expert talks and research discussions, participants will be sure to gain fresh perspectives and knowledge from the conference. The line-up of happenings includes invited talks, debates, workshops, poster presentations, technical demonstrations, exhibitions, site visits and networking opportunities. Participants can look forward to gaining fresh perspectives on how to strengthen capabilities within the workforce and keep in pace with technological advancements in the delivery of healthcare.

For more information on the conference, visit www.futurehealth.sg