Singapore and Apple partner on national health initiative called LumiHealth

Joining the dots, Singapore’s Minister for Health Mr Tan Chuan-Jin answers Paul Krugman’s questions on Singapore’s health care system (with Johny Lau, based on his article, Singapore’s Hackathon-Style Health Startups, Android News, Linkedin, Samsung Health Story, Live Science, etc.)

Last week, Singapore announced it had won a prize in the 2018 French-American Alliance Initiative [THE French American Alliance Initiative] “innovation” award competition (which was awarded for innovation in six categories: agriculture, environment, health, startup, infrastructure, and social innovation). It won its prize in the health category.

The prize is somewhat dubious (it’s basically an endorsement of Singapore’s identity politics, promotion of tech startups, and readiness to embrace outside foreign money). But the way the Singaporean health ministry announced it raised the hackles of a number of foreigners living there, including a number of Chinese who identified themselves as scientists.

From Lisa Offner and Alex Thompson, Singapore Times, 6 June 2018:

Singapore’s Health Ministry said it will deepen its ties with the tech industry and deepen its scientific partnerships with foreign expertise as part of the nation’s efforts to address growing health care needs in the region. Ministry of Health (MOH) launched the Singapore Cybersecurity Research and Innovation Centre (SCRIC) at the first medical conference held here on Tuesday. The biennial two-day conference is expected to draw more than 1,200 doctors, researchers and industry professionals to see how emerging technologies and emerging healthcare issues will be addressed here, as well as to learn how to use modern technologies in their research. SCRIC was launched this year with $6 million from the Government, according to the Ministry of Health. The centre’s mission is to strengthen Singapore’s defence against cyber attacks through providing platforms for public and private sector to collaborate to tackle the threat. At the conference, MOH announced it will support the medical research and innovation of US company, Apple and Cook Medicine. The company was founded by a former Intel executive who thought about providing healthcare in a smart way. The partnerships with MOH comes ahead of the next-generation Apple Watch and Cook Medicine in the Philippines, which opens for business in July.

Meanwhile, in more news, Johny Lau, a graduate student in electrical engineering, recently published an article in the journal Business and Technology Research [BUJECT (2015) 5): Enterprise Interest from Large Organizations’ Working Groups in Data-Driven Health Care in Which Users of Suits and Bags, Smart Pods, E-Health Devices Involved in Research, Design, Business, and Human Health-Care Experiments, and in which Singapore’s Economic Development Board took part (here). Johny’s article is called “Oozing Eureka!”.

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