LKCMedicine to introduce more AI, digital health courses 

Nanyang Technological University Singapore announced that more course content related to AI and digital health will be added to the refreshed curriculum of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

From next year, digital health will be integrated as vertical courses throughout the five-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme. These include courses on medical data science, data analytics, and AI.

According to a press statement, the updated curriculum will help students develop “a firm foundation in the ethical and legal consequences of AI and healthcare informatics and be aware of both its limits and benefits, as well as hands-on exposure to AI and medical technologies such as telehealth, health apps and wearables, and personalised molecular medicine.”

More tech-enabled learning tools will also be deployed at the medical school, including VR for teaching the cardiorespiratory system and e-simulators for drug prescription and using EMR. These tools will help shape students to become “doctors who are discerning and confident users of technology.”

Meanwhile, an expanded scope of medical humanities will also be integrated into the programme to equip students with the foundational skills to critically engage with technology, manage clinical uncertainty, and adapt to changes in healthcare practice. 


Philips APAC names new managing director

Royal Philips has appointed one of its long-time-serving officials, Peter Quinlan, as managing director of Philips Asia-Pacific.

Quinlan most recently led the company’s MR, CT and diagnostic X-ray imaging businesses in APAC, Japan, India, Latin America, and the Middle East and Africa. 

Since joining Philips in 2007, he has held leadership roles in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and at the company’s global headquarters in the Netherlands. He succeeded Caroline Clarke, who has served the company for the past 15 years.

“Peter has demonstrated great expertise within the health technology field, and we are confident that under his leadership, Philips APAC will continue to go from strength to strength. [His] passion for first-class healthcare delivery and for pursuing our purpose of improving people’s health and well-being make him uniquely qualified to lead our APAC organisation into the future,” Edwin Paalvast, chief of international and executive committee member at Royal Philips, said about Quinlan’s appointment.

“We are at a critical moment in the digital transformation of healthcare in APAC. Through our portfolio of integrated workflow solutions, smart connected systems and devices, and integrated diagnostics, we are helping healthcare providers to increase productivity, improve outcomes, and improve patient and staff experience. I look forward to building on our strong relationships with customers and other stakeholders in the region,” Quinlan commented.


Yashoda ties up with Fujifilm for enhanced endoscopy training

Yashoda Group of Hospitals has partnered with Fujifilm India to set up a training and research facility in basic and advanced GI endoscopy. 

The training facility will help gastroenterologists to stay abreast of the latest technologies in endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP, third space endoscopy, as well as diagnostic endoscopy, according to Dheeraj Chaudhri, head of Fujifilm India’s Endoscopy Division.

Additionally, the facility will also offer training and observer programmes to doctors across Asia-Pacific.


Apollo Telehealth launches emergency, ICU services at NTPC

Apollo Telehealth has started providing emergency and ICU services via telemedicine to nine power-generating plants of the National Thermal Power Corporation.

The services aim to bring medical care close to the NTPC workforce, enhancing safety and healthcare access. Both TeleEmergency and TeleICU services are also extended to the employees’ families.

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