SINGAPORE (Aug 6): A greying population, coupled with the rising incidence of “rich-world” health problems such as heart disease and diabetes, is a looming headache for policymakers and a burden on a public healthcare system that is already running at full capacity... unless one is in Singapore, where the government, cognisant of these challenges, has embarked on a plan to focus on preventive healthcare and community care. And, to make it work on a national scale, a large part of it will be powered by technology.

The initiatives, from stretching resources to improving the work processes of healthcare workers and identifying healthcare issues, are led by Integrated Health Information Systems. IHiS was set up in 2008 to digitise, connect and analyse Singapore’s health ecosystem.

 “We’re no longer looking at one patient. We’re now looking at the population and how we run things at scale,” says Chua Chee Yong, director of planning at IHiS. “The only way to do that is to use technology to harness the power of what we do individually, and maximise the benefits translated for our patients.”

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