• This new partnership will jointly develop an AI curriculum for the training and qualification of AI professionals in the area of healthcare.

• It will also provide the necessary support for joint research and innovation projects in AI for healthcare.

Singapore, 23 November 2023 – SingHealth and AI Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for AI Education in Healthcare at the opening ceremony of the second edition of the AI Health Summit today. The annual summit was held at W Singapore – Sentosa Cove with Dr Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Health (MOH), in attendance as Guest of Honour and a witness to the MOU signing. The MOU will pave the way for the development of an AI-curriculum for training and qualification of AI professionals, specifically in healthcare.

SingHealth – AI Singapore MOU for AI Education in Healthcare

Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the use of digital technologies and AI in healthcare. Given the tremendous potential in the scope of application of AI in healthcare and the expansion in sophistication in AI-enabled capabilities, its growth trajectory has been phenomenal. Be that as it may, the integration and adoption of AI in healthcare has specific nuances and considerations such as patient safety and the protection of patient information and privacy. To address this, healthcare professionals and technologists must work more closely together to exchange insights and specialised knowledge, and establish synergies to co-create clinical-AI solutions that can positively impact patient care and healthcare processes.

Through this partnership, SingHealth and AI Singapore will address a first crucial step for advancement of AI in healthcare: education. The two parties will collaborate to develop AI education programmes tailored for healthcare professionals, researchers and innovators, including a series of short e-learning videos, in-person teaching and workshop sessions. The first of these will be a 10-part e-learning video series, slated to be launched in June 2024. The education programmes will include topics on the foundation of AI, AI technologies in healthcare such as Deep Learning, Large Language Models, explainable AI, privacy preserving technologies, AI ethics and clinical ethics, using case studies to illustrate these concepts.

SingHealth and AI Singapore will also leverage a variety of platforms for knowledge exchange such as journal clubs, workshops and conferences such as the annual AI Health Summit, aimed at attracting individuals across different industries who have an interest in the spaces that intersect AI and health. In addition, this partnership will allow SingHealth and AI Singapore to work more closely on health-related AI projects, deepen technical know-how and expertise, as well as leverage the capabilities of each other’s AI infrastructure such as supercomputing power.

Associate Professor Daniel Ting, Director, AI Office, SingHealth and Co-organising Chairperson, AI Health Summit, said, “By partnering with AI Singapore, SingHealth hopes to empower the healthcare workforce with the relevant tools and knowledge in AI technologies that can transform healthcare for the future. This collaboration also takes us a step closer to advancing healthcare AI projects for better delivery of care and improved patient outcomes. We are heartened to announce this key partnership at the AI Health Summit 2023 as it aligns with the Summit’s mission to foster knowledge exchange, inspire breakthroughs and drive the adoption of AI in healthcare.”

Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, Deputy Executive Chairman of AI Singapore, said: "Through this partnership, we aim to bridge the gap between healthcare and AI, propelling the sector forward. We look forward to the opportunities and advancements that will emerge from this collaboration and the positive impact it will have on healthcare education."

About the AI Health Summit 2023

The AI Health Summit 2023 is co-organised by SingHealth, Ministry of Health, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore. About 500 local and international participants, comprising healthcare workers, start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, government and corporate innovators, academics, and researchers, are expected to be in attendance at this two-day event.

Organised for the second year running, this year’s Summit is themed ‘AI Race in Health: Deep Learning and Large Language Models’, the AI Health Summit will feature symposium presentations, panel discussions and a poster competition. More information is available here: https://healthsummit.ai/