Taking strides towards a Healthier SG
By Kimberley Wang, Editor, The LKCMedicine
Singaporeans continue to debate on the Healthier SG White Paper. The new strategy emphasises preventive care and aims to have citizens take charge of their own healthcare, where they can enrol with a single doctor who will support them in their health needs throughout their lives.
With this focus on population health, Healthier SG will potentially tackle the challenges faced by our healthcare system, including increasing chronic disease burden and rising healthcare costs. This will require further research into chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and dementia among the local population.
In this issue, we look at how the School will support these efforts through its research initiatives with a strong focus on Asian populations including the recently established Centre for Microbiome Medicine which studies the microbiome of the local and regional population and the diseases they are linked to, and the Singapore Severe Asthma Registry that aims to find targeted treatment for Asian patients with severe asthma.
We also speak with Nanyang Professor of the Practice (Clinical) Professor Wong Tien Yin on how our students can prepare to become doctors in this rapidly evolving healthcare landscape and the impact of artificial intelligence on the future of medicine.
Don’t miss out on all these and more in the latest issue of The LKCMedicine newsletter!
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