In healthcare, very often innovative solutions come from a field of expertise outside medicine. For example, an engineer can help a surgeon develop a new surgical tool, a psychologist can help nurses find a way to reinforce hand hygiene habits.

To facilitate cross-pollination of skills and ideas, SingHealth introduced the SingHealth Innovation Network at the SingHealth Quality and Innovation Day, held at Academia on 15 March.

Dr Chow Mun Hong, Director of SingHealth department of Innovation & Quality Management said, “The objective of the SingHealth Innovation Network is to connect people so that ideas can flow, so that they can be tested and developed, and ultimately bring better patient care.”

The Network connects members of the SingHealth family to help germinate their ideas. It also connects SingHealth members with external partners in academia, industry, as well as experts and resources.

With a focus on “Quality Improvement to Future-proof Healthcare”, the SingHealth Quality and Innovation Day brought together some 600 healthcare professionals to learn and share best practices in quality improvement. The line-up of speakers included SingHealth clinicians, experts in human factors, to design practitioners.

Mr Peter Seah, Chairman of SingHealth, was Guest of Honour. He said, “As the largest public healthcare provider in Singapore, SingHealth must continue to take the lead in shaping a healthcare system through innovative approaches that will provide better, safer and more cost-effective care to our patients.”