HIMSS APAC Digital Dialogue Series


May 11-11, 2020 | HIMSS APAC20, Singapore

In the second episode of the HIMSS APAC Digital Dialogue Series, the spotlight turns to Singapore and Dr. Charles Alessi will be speaking with A/Prof Tan Cher Heng, Assistant Chairman Medical Board (Clinical Research and Innovation), Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Deputy Clinical Director, Centre for Healthcare Innovation; and Barry Chaiken, MD, MPH, Clinical Lead, Healthcare, Tableau, as they look at how Singapore is overcoming COVID-19 and heading towards a new normal, and how the use of data drives the best decision making in a time of crisis.

Full Synopsis of A/Prof Tan’s presentation:

COVID-19 has posed significant challenges to the healthcare systems globally. We share some of the challenges faced in Singapore and at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, the local hospital charged with dealing with SARS in 2003. As part of a "whole of society" effort to contain the local pandemic, a number of innovative solutions have sprouted up, with coordinated support from relevant government agencies and active collaboration with the private sector, including start-up companies. Foreseeably, some of these solutions can be scaled towards wider adoption, as the outbreak enters a prolonged phase or even after, in the "new normal".

Learning Points of A/Prof Tan’s presentation:

  1. COVID-19 is a major test for healthcare systems and societies around the world
  2. Our local experience with SARS has been helpful but quick adaption has been necessary
  3. Digital enablement and culture of innovation has positioned us well to address the unique challenges posed by this pandemic

Full Synopsis of Barry Chaiken’s presentation:

While the SARS-CoV-2 virus marches across the world sickening people and disrupting our way of life, government, businesses, and individuals are using data to make the best decisions on how to manage the crisis. Governments collect morbidity, mortality, and critical supplies data sharing it with both businesses and their citizens. Companies, challenged with a sudden disruption of their supply chains and access to workers, utilize data to best adjust their work streams and allocate their staff. This is most pronounced in provider organizations as they shifted from elective care to the treatment of acutely ill and highly infectious COVID-19 patients.

In addition, Individuals monitor the spread of the pandemic in their communities using data published by public health officials and make decisions on the extent they will socially distance to avoid exposure to the virus.

Learning Points of Barry Chaiken’s presentation:

  1. Learn what it means to be data driven and be part of a data culture
  2. Review the uses of data and dashboards by public health officials to inform the public
  3. Explore how businesses have used data to quickly adjust to the new challenges posed by the pandemic

Do not miss out on attending* HIMSS APAC Digital Dialogue Series Episode 2: Singapore, as you will get insight into how and why Singapore's model response to the outbreak has since been tempered by a second wave of infections, and how digital health remains an important tool in its bid to control the outbreak.


Episode: 2
Date: May 21, 2020
Time: 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM (GMT+8)


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Speaker Profiles

A/Prof Tan Cher Heng

Adjunct Associate Professor Tan Cher Heng graduated with a medical degree from National University of Singapore, post-graduate training in Diagnostic Radiology and EMBA from Insead. He is presently Senior Consultant with the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). He serves as Assistant Chairman Medical Board (Clinical Research and Innovation) at TTSH and Deputy Clinical Director at Centre for Healthcare Innovation. He is involved with facilitating collaborations between TTSH/NHG with industry and academic partners. His professional interests are cancer imaging and more recently, use of artificial intelligence in medical imaging.

Barry Chaiken

Barry Chaiken, MD, MPH, is the Clinical Lead, Healthcare at Tableau and has more than 25 years of experience in medical research, epidemiology, clinical information technology, and analytics. He is board-certified in general preventive medicine and public health and is a fellow and former board member and chair of HIMSS. As the founder of DocsNetwork Ltd., Chaiken worked on quality improvement studies, health IT clinical transformation projects, and clinical investigations for the National Institutes of Health, UK National Health Service, and Boston University Medical School. He is currently writing a book on healthcare information technology.