Unlock the power of innovation in healthcare

4 June 2020 , 5 PM SGT / 10 PM BST

Key Takeaways:

  1. Healthcare has been slow in pushing for innovation and embracing technology as compared to other sectors such as banking or aviation because of the following factors:
    • Healthcare fragmentation and silos
    • Tight regulation and bureaucratic processes
    • Multi-stakeholder environment and players involved
    • Different standards across hospitals, countries, specialties
    • Importance of safe-guarding patient safety
    • Physician pushback and reluctance
    • Medical training and education that needs to be evolved
  2. Despite these factors, innovation in healthcare is still important and Covid-19 has provided many opportunities for the healthcare sector to do things differently.
    • The pandemic has allowed many to breakdown traditional boundaries between different organizations and opportunities for creating a conducive environment for innovation.
    • During the early stages of the pandemic, many opened up their data/knowledge flow to help people predict where the pandemic is heading and allowed them to act appropriately.
  3. However, to ensure the implementation of a successful innovation or technological change, there are some important factors to take note of:
    • Innovation needs to start with a clear vision and sound strategy. It is extremely important to map out what you want to achieve from the start.
    • Patient safety is of utmost importance and innovation should not be done in the expense of the patients’ safety and well-being. We need to collect and analyze the right data to find the best balance between innovation and patient safety.
    • Apart from implementing the right technology, it is also critical to have the right group of people who can lead the strategy to success.

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Speaker: Dr Benjamin Cheah Tien Eang, President of Arthritis Foundation Malaysia, leader in Hacking Health Movement in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


A consultant physician and rheumatologist who is attached to Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Parkcity Medical Centre and IMU Medical Clinics.
He has a special interest in Healthcare IT and leads the Hacking Health Movement in Kuala Lumpur. He is the President of Arthritis Foundation Malaysia. He is the immediate past President of the MalaysianSLE Association. He founded Medicine Malaysia website.
Part of the Targeted Ultrasound Initiative Committee of the Malaysian Society of Rheumatology.

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