Philips’ Symposium & Health Innovation Technology Challenge 2016

Today marks the final day of the Lunar New Year celebrations (there are a total of 15 days) and the first full moon of the Lunar year – which means its the Lantern Festival! I shall take the opportunity to wish all of you 猴年吉祥 since it is technically still the Lunar New Year!

This post however, is not on any of the above topics, instead, I would like to share two events with you folks – one that just took place and another that is still ongoing.

The event that just took place is the Philips Symposium titled Approaches to Care Coordination and Lessons Learned at Hotel Fort Canning, Singapore , last Friday (19th Feb), where Dr. Michael Breslow (Vice President of Clinical Research and Development, Philips Hospital to Home) and Dr. Maurice Smith (Chairman, Liverpool “More Independent” Program Board) shared key lessons on how care co-ordination might be effectively implemented in different contexts and settings, from the ICU to GP clinics to the home. The discussion touched on care coordination at multiple levels, including clinical service, organizational change, staffing needs, engagement of community providers such as GPs and technology adoption.

In addition to attending the symposium, I also had the privilege of moderating the senior leadership-only lunch roundtable, where both speakers shared more deeply on how the programs were designed, implemented, and improved over time, and what are some of the key challenges faced by senior leadership. While I enjoyed the presentations, I enjoyed moderating the roundtable even more as there were some really useful insights (within context) that were being shared by both speakers. It was in many sense, time well spent on a Friday morning.

The event that is still ongoing would be the Health Innovation Technology Challenge 2016 co-organised by IDA Singapore, National Healthcare Group and Serious Games Asia (Singapore). Health Innovation Technology (HIT) Challenge is a nationwide contest for healthcare professionals to submit competition entries that identify real healthcare problems and present their solutions that are engaging, sustainable and contributing to the Smart Nations Initiative in Singapore.

Officially launched on the 18 February, the challenge comprises of three categories; 1) Primary Prevention and Care, 2) Hospital Clinical Management and 3) Post-Discharge Continual Care. Interested are invited to submit their concept papers by the 18 April (Phase 1). Teams with concepts accepted will move on to Phase 2 – ore details are available at the official web portal – and I strongly encourage anyone interested to participate.

So what is my involvement? Well, I would be serving on the panel of judges and BinaryHealthCare is an official Supporting Partner. In other words, if you would like to obtain free consulting services from us for your pet project, simply participate in the challenge 🙂

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