With Singapore facing significant long-term pressures on its healthcare system driven by an increasingly ageing population, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung recently unveiled an ambitious vision for long-term healthcare reform in Parliament earlier this year, led by the Healthier SG initiative launched this month.
The proposed reform is rooted in preventative and proactive care, with Healthier SG poised to reduce the burden on traditional health institutions. For instance, hospitals embrace a more holistic and data-led approach to healthcare that suggests relevant screenings for all citizens, personalised health plans, and seamless cooperation across various healthcare institutions.
The success of this reform depends primarily on one crucial component: Data sharing-powered digital care, which enables more collaborative, effective, and efficient healthcare provision. By enabling seamless data sharing between health providers, they can identify at-risk individuals, provide community partners with critical insights to offer meaningful support and allow authorities to assess the impact of their initiatives.