Big Data and Chronic Diseases at Asia IoT Business Platform (4 Nov 2015)

Two weeks ago, I was invited to speak on the use of big data to fight chronic diseases at the Asia IoT Business Platform, held in Kuala Lumpur on 3 – 4 Nov 2015. Although I was only able to attend on the 2nd day, it was an interesting gathering of technologists and opportunists who are all interested in the potential for M2M and IoT to change the world. IoT = Internet of Things. It was my privilege to be able to share my personal viewpoints on how data science is going to transform medicine in the near future with an audience of over 200+ people, as well as connect with many new...

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Exponential Medicine 2015 – Live stream

Exciting news for anyone who is interested in healthcare innovation : Exponential medicine 2015 (part of Singularity University) is live streaming these 4 days, free-of-charge.  That’s amazing, considering that it costs $5000 for a ticket to attend the conference and anyone can now watch it in the comfort of their room.  It’s a great conference on the cutting-edge in technology in healthcare with many distinguished speakers. It’s a bummer that it’s in a very different time zone (PST, 16 hours behind) but I’m catching as much as I can. Among the...

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Discussing Genomics, Big Data and Medicine

For anyone who has an inkling of interest in the conversations around genomics, big data and medicine, I highly recommend this series of talks that are available publicly online, by the Icahn School of Medicine In particular, this was a great session by Tim Kelsey, who is the national director for patients and information in the NHS.  He touched upon many of the thorny issues we have to begin conversations about, as we move towards personalised medicine. If you don’t have time to watch it through (about an hour long), I’ve got some of the key points noted down: The UK has...

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Sobering truths about dementia

Over the weekend, I attended a symposium on dementia, for primary care physicians, organised by Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and chaired by Dr Philip Yap. There were many interesting conversations, in particular during the Q&A session, especially centred around the screening and prevention of dementia. It is a very pressing problem indeed. The situation today It is estimated that approximately 10% of the population above the age of 65 has dementia. Taking one of our ‘townships’ in Singapore as an example – Chong Pang : There are approximately 320 patients with dementia in...

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Big Data – the key in the battle against chronic diseases

It’s been months since I’ve written something here – I’ve been really focused on my work at Holmusk over the last few months and I truly believe that we are on the cusp of creating something of great value for patients with chronic diseases.  More on that soon! Anyway, I digress.  I want to share an article I wrote that appeared in Today Online/The Malaysian Insider on 28 July 2015.  It was initially at 2000+ word discussion piece, and the editor had me cut it down to 900 words to make it more readable. The gist is that we’re in the middle of a chronic...

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Healthcare systems (and roast chicken?)

To have a glimpse of how complex the US healthcare system is, you should take a look at this video, from the 2014 Health Innovation Summit. ‘99 problems but reinbursement ain’t one‘. It’s a very interesting 35 minutes.  The speakers include CMO of Welldoc, CEO of Omada Health (love this company) and a lady from a healthcare think-tank. And I mean complexity in terms of payments and reimbursement, not quality of medical care.

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Project Sothea, a medical screening initiative in Cambodia which I was involved in.

The Healthcare Revolution You Haven’t Heard About

These are extremely exciting times.  We’re in the midst of a healthcare revolution – have you heard about it? Medicine, in the past Medicine is a marvellously interesting field – I love it.  We’ve come along so far over these past 100 years since penicillin was invented (1928), and yet there is still a long way to go.  There is still so much of disease that we do not fully understand, or even if we do, have not found the cure for. I’ve spent a good part of my life in medicine, almost half of it now.  5 years in medical school, and another 8 years working in...

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Mi Band Review : Wearables are going explosive

The last time I wore a watch was more than a year ago – it was a minimalist Movado watch without any numbers on the clockface, leaving you to guess the exact time. The leather strap snapped one day, and I didn’t feel any compelling need to fix it, nor even to get a new watch. If I needed to find out the time, I’d just whip my iPhone 5S out of my pocket. And at the same time, with my phone, I can check if any new emails came in, or if someone replied to my facebook message. That’s all a watch really does – tell the time. It has been made obsolete, more of a...

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