This year's World Health Summit, held in Singapore from 8th to 10th April, focused on the importance of adopting innovative approaches to manage the growing healthcare challenges in Asia.
As Asia is expected to face more healthcare challenges in future, increased collaboration between scientists in Singapore and New Zealand will thus tackle these challenges, says Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, New Zealand's chief science advisor, director at Singapore's Institute for Clinical Sciences and managing scientist of the Epigen Consortium, at the summit.
For instance, scientists from the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Clinical Sciences are currently working together with scientists from New Zealand's AgResearch and the University of Auckland to research ways to optimise the nutrition of mothers and children and understand developmental pathways to non-communicable disease.
A New Zealand company Orion Health, together with a consortium, also helped the Singapore Ministry of Health develop Singapore's electronic healthcare records programme. The technology allows individual records in Singapore to be viewed and analysed on a large scale, across the population.
This is especially useful to Singapore, which is projected to have 900,000 elderly citizens by 2030, as it allows the government to better understand public health trends and patterns so as to develop better healthcare management plans.
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