HIMSS APAC Digital Dialogue Series


April 23-23, 2020 | HIMSS APAC20, Singapore

Spotlight: Flattening the Curve With Digital Health

HIMSS APAC Digital Dialogue Series consists of 8 episodes where our Chief Clinical Officer and host, Dr. Charles Alessi, virtually travels across seven countries in the Asia Pacific region to speak with a healthcare leader and technology expert on how digital health has become a critical tool in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

From a mere smattering of COVID-19 cases in Singapore, to the sudden and rampant community spread in South Korea, Dr. Alessi's conversations with his guests will not only help us understand the way the virus proliferated, but also provide insight into how each country utilised digital health on the frontlines to strengthen their response and eventually control the outbreak.

Don’t miss out on this members-only* virtual journey across the Asia Pacific region for a comprehensive insight into how the adoption of digital health technologies fits into the wider health ecosystem, and also better prepare us for a future where digital health is seen as the ‘new normal’ in healthcare.

Moderator’s Profile

Dr Charles Alessi
HIMSS Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Charles Alessi is HIMSS Chief Clinical Officer. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge around health and care. He is also Senior Advisor to Public Health England, an executive agency of the UK government. He is also Adjunct Research Professor in Clinical Neurosciences at the Schulich school of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and Visiting Scholar at the Odette School of Business, in Windsor Ontario, Canada. He is a primary care physician and was until recently, Chair of the National Association of Primary Care in England.


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Professionals in healthcare provider organizations, government and affiliated healthcare settings, we will be providing complimentary membership for a limited time once you have registered for the dialogue series. Please contact Evelyn Wee at ewee@himss.org for more information.
Professionals in vendor, consultant, pharma, payer and other business solutions settings, you can register for HIMSS Individual Membership @ USD299 here.

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Dialogue Series Episodes

Ep 1

As Ground Zero for the COVID-19 pandemic, this episode will discuss how China’s use of digital technology, their strategic move to accelerate the final construction phase of a 1,300-bed hospital in Wuhan, and how they have embraced innovation in healthcare technology have played critical roles in combating the outbreak.

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14 May
Ep 2

Singapore confirms its first imported case of COVID-19 into the country on 23 January. Since then, there have been more than 18,000 cases, with a huge spike from the end of March. This episode will explore the different measures Singapore has taken, including adapting innovative technology in its quest to combat the pandemic.

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21 May
Ep 3

South Korea introduced what was considered one of the largest and best-organized epidemic control programs in the world. About 85% of infected patients have recovered and to date, low numbers of cases have been reported. In this episode, we will zoom into the challenges and best practice of how South Korea has managed to flatten the curve.

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28 May
Ep 4

Malaysia’s number of cases began to jump after a mass religious gathering, and since then its government has initiated a "Movement Control Order" (MCO) to combat the outbreak. Tune in to this episode to discover what other measures have been implemented by the Ministry of Health to keep the number of cases under control.

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4 June
Ep 5

Japan has seen over 15,000 confirmed cases. The Japanese government confirmed its first outbreak of the coronavirus disease early this year. The Japanese government has adopted various measures and policies to mitigate the outbreak. In this episode, we will learn about the importance of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) initiatives at Governmental and Hospital levels in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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10 June
Ep 6

Thailand's number of cases saw a sharp increase in mid-March. The number of confirmed cases rose to over a hundred per day over the following weeks. However, the number of cases has started to decrease and only single-digit cases were reported on a daily basis. Learn about the value of Health Information Exchange (HIE) as well as Thailand’s COVID-19 response in this episode.

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18 June
Ep 7

Similar to Thailand, Australia's number of cases only began to spike in March. Several measures have been imposed and the number started to fall to under 20 cases per day by the end of April. This episode will dive into Australia’s success to flatten the curve.

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26 June
Ep 8

In this series finale, we will recap the measures taken by the different countries and the lessons learnt for future reference. This episode will also dive into the importance of digital health and how it will look like post COVID-19 for healthcare providers and health systems around the world.

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2 July