HIMSS APAC Digital Dialogue Series


May 19-19, 2020 | HIMSS APAC20, Singapore

In this episode of HIMSS APAC Digital Dialogue Series, Dr. Alessi virtually travels to South Korea, famous for its emergency text alerts sent to citizens' mobile devices, but also well on its way to flattening the curve with most businesses open, and no active stay-home measures enforced. Dr. Alessi will speak to Dr. Hwang Hee, Chief Information Officer of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital - a HIMSS EMRAM Stage 7 validated hospital; and Ms. Dong-hee Kim, Country Leader, Philips, Korea to find out how measures like mass testing, contact tracing and other digital health technologies such as connected care solutions have played critical roles in managing and tapering the outbreak.

Full Synopsis of Dr. Hwang Hee’s presentation:

Starting in late February 2020, South Korea reported sharp increase in confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. However, from mid-March, Korea’s case numbers started leveling off, while cases in most other countries continued to rise.

Thanks to cooperation between hospitals and government, and the ICT preparedness of hospitals, South Korea has succeeded in curbing the spread of the disease. Through this webinar, we will explore the strategies of a tertiary hospital in fighting COVID-19 through healthcare information and communications technology (ICT), in cooperation with government in South Korea.

I investigate the strategies and technologies adopted by Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) to prevent and manage the spread of COVID-19 as third time HIMSS EMRAM stage 7 validated hospital for the first time in APAC.

Learning Points of Dr. Hwang Hee’s presentation:

  1. Six strategies to preventing in-hospital infection
  2. Two strategies in building cooperation with the Government to manage medical resources

Full Synopsis of Ms. Dong-hee Kim’s presentation:

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, healthcare providers are struggling to manage the risks of being infected and burnout especially for the clinicians in the frontline. In coping with pandemic, the connected care solution has been realized to mitigate such risks and even supported to enhance the quality of care for acute patients. Connecting the frontline clinicians remotely with patients and with senior clinicians optimizes their journey inside of negative pressure rooms or intensive care units. Vital sign and patient data based clinical decision support algorithms enable clinicians to prioritize and proactively conduct preventive treatment before patient’s condition deteriorates. Preventing future pandemics will require digital healthcare solutions beyond what we have at the moment.

Learning Points of Ms. Dong-hee Kim’s presentation:

  1. How connected care solutions can support optimizing clinician’s workflow and journey inside of negative pressure room or intensive care units to reduce the risk of infection and burnout during COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. How virtual collaborative diagnosis can contribute enhancing the quality of care
  3. Importance of patient data management to mitigate future risk of other infectious diseases

Save your seat* for HIMSS APAC Digital Dialogue Series Episode 3 now to get more insight into how South Korea is successfully heading towards containing a new COVID-19 cluster linked to nightclubs, and how measures like mass testing, contact tracing and other digital health technologies have played critical roles in controlling the outbreak overall.


Episode: 3
Date: May 28, 2020
Time: 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM (GMT+8)


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Speaker Profiles

Dr. Hwang Hee

As an associate professor and the CIO of Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH), Dr. Hee Hwang has contributed to both innovations in medical management and developing new business opportunities by converging medicine with ICT. SNUBH is recognized globally as a leading digital hospital since achieving the HIMSS EMRAM Stage7 in 2010 and 2016. As the CIO, he facilitated the development of SNUBH’s next-generation hospital information system (HIS) in 2013. Beyond improving our hospital’s IT environment, he contributed to implementing a standard-based nationwide health information exchange system in South Korea. He conducted to adopt In-Memory based analytics platform into the CDW, enabling real-time analytics of over 500 clinical indicators. He published articles in journals proving the benefit of utilizing Big Data to improve quality of care and patient safety. Throughout his career, he was dedicated to connect the viewpoints between medical staff and IT professionals, providing intuitive awareness to them.

Ms. Dong-hee Kim

Dong-hee drives the strategic growth and direction of all businesses within Philips Korea; Health Systems & Personal Health. Her mission for Philips Korea is to bring Philips’ innovative solutions and products to South Korea across the health continuum; from healthy living and prevention to diagnosis, treatment and homecare, and to realize the company’s vision of improving people’s lives.

She has achieved leadership and business capability through her career in multinational corporations within the medical device industry. She has a deep understanding of the healthcare industry and has accumulated extensive corporate and global leadership experience while managing multiple market segments in the Asia Pacific region over more than 16 years. Prior to working for healthcare industry, she was a management consultant over 7 years.

She obtained her MBA at the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.