SINGAPORE (Sept 24): Technologist Feng Mengling is working with doctors at National University Hospital to develop artificial intelligence tools to reduce patient waiting time, optimise treatment recommendations and boost other healthcare operations. As an AI expert, he is excited by these developments because it shows the healthcare community’s willingness to embrace advanced digital technologies.

Two developments have made this possible, he says, namely the integration of medical data from various sources and the willingness of doctors and policymakers to embrace new technologies to enhance healthcare provision in Singapore.

“Singapore is the ideal hub to incubate new healthcare AI technologies,” Feng says, noting the public sector’s initiatives to gather all healthcare records into a central database. “Integrating data in a national electronic repository will not only make for more seamless treatment and save money for patients, it also provides a rich source of data to support the development of AI tools for various healthcare challenges.” says Feng, who is an assistant professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore. 

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