Data is the new oil, but we need to know how to share it and use it responsibly

Dr. Clive Tan, Director of Integrated Care at National Healthcare Group, wants the healthcare industry to bring data and insights to the patients, families and communities it serves.

He calls on the industry to “collectively imagine such a future where we ourselves have our personalized health information and information at our fingertips.”

“What kind of change in behavior and actions would that lead us to take?”

The lack of conversation and progress in this area may reflect the deep paternalistic roots of health care and our Asian culture, says Dr. Tan.

The former Force Health Group Group Leader of the Singapore Armed Forces has over 16 years of clinical and leadership experience as a physician and public health specialist. He has also served as Technical Officer for the Western Pacific Regional Office of the World Health Organization, covering quality and patient safety, hospital management, health service delivery and innovation.

Establish a transparent data flow

At NHG, Dr. Tan works with multiple teams to take an enterprise approach to population health needs assessments, while developing open house programs with a strong focus on preventive health elements and health change. health behavior.

To do this effectively, he says, “we need the data to flow seamlessly across a few key IT systems and work simultaneously to establish supply and demand side needs.”

“The game-changer in all of this is the population health approach, because now we are not just meeting the health needs of our patients, but the reach has extended to people who are not sick – people who are well,” he says.

Increasing the reach of the population they serve means they will have to find a “more efficient” way of doing things in a scalable way.

“As a result, digital solutions and data sharing are moving from a ‘nice to have’ to a ‘do or die’ challenge.”

Health as a social science

Dr. Tan, who is also an assistant professor at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, likes to remind his students that health systems are “complex adaptive systems” with often deep-rooted and interconnected challenges.

“Those new to health care often offer straightforward solutions to these challenges and feel disappointed when it doesn’t work,” he notes.

He advises his students to see health care as a social science “where practitioners must balance the art and science of health care management in order to have a palpable and lasting impact in their work.”

Create a dialogue around data sharing

Dr. Tan will join a panel of key opinion leaders at the upcoming HIMSS22 APAC conference where they will discuss the “whys” and “hows” of progressive and responsible health and healthcare data sharing.

“You should expect a candid and honest discussion session with the panelists – and we may also take a few questions from the audience,” he adds.

“Anyone working in this field or facing challenges in this field – I strongly encourage you to attend this session at the conference.”

Dr. Tan will speak at the HIMSS22 APAC conference during the main session, Data Sharing = Trust; Explore perspectives and possibilities. The two-day conference will take place in Bali, Indonesia on September 27-28. Learn more here.

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