Malaysian Innovative Healthcare Symposium 2018

In recent years, increased health awareness amongst the populace has brought about massive changes in the healthcare sector. As patients assume greater responsibility of their health, the focus of care is starting to shift from managing illness to improving health, along with increased participation in medical decision making, thus driving the implementation of a patient-centric approach in healthcare.

The theme of the annual Malaysian Innovative Healthcare Symposium 2018 is ‘Healthcare 4.0: Closing the Gap between Patients & Technology’ underscores the criticality of cultivating consumer-centric healthcare innovation.

Running for its third year, the symposium held at Monash University Malaysia, featured renowned experts and thought leaders in the fields of IT and healthcare. It looked into how technology can act as a catalyst for much of the sweeping changes in healthcare, with a particular emphasis on imparting the value of innovation on patients. Participants were also provided insights into how creativity, resilience and entrepreneurship can play into the healthcare transformation equation, through a live demo session.

Innovation has been playing a core role in healthcare at a radical scale, improving patient experience while making healthcare service offerings more predictable and manageable. Various new technologies, such as big data and artificial intelligence, are slowly transforming the healthcare industry and healthcare management.

However, even if the outcome is widely perceived to be beneficial, adoption of these technologies remains poor. Among others, the lack of clear awareness and understanding of the benefits, risks and use cases of these tools in healthcare has been the chief reason why skepticism remains.

“I attended my very first MIHS two years ago, where a conversation with one of the world experts on public speaking, changed my perspective, of what it meant to embrace change and continuously innovate. It made me realise that if we don’t try to view things differently and learn to be innovative, we will only be taking a step backwards,” shared Lok Kok Hou, Chairperson of MIHS 2018.

The Monash Malaysia School of Pharmacy alumnus further elaborated that pharmacists should be innovative, to step outside the box, so that they are better able to serve patients and customers.

Established in 2007, the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society-Young Pharmacist Chapter (MPS-YPC) has been a prominent chapter under the umbrella of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society. Consisting of young pharmacists and pharmacy students from across both public and private universities, it was set up with the aim of bringing together young pharmacists, which currently form the largest cohort of the profession, to shape the future direction of healthcare. Assuming the key role in MPS’ quest to advance pharmacy profession and practice in Malaysia, MPS-YPC actively future-proofs young pharmacists through a series of talks, conferences and dialogues focusing on industry trends, practice standards and professional empowerment. With an active reach of more than 20,000 people per week and 8000 likes to date on Facebook, MPS-YPC is deemed as the perfect platform to reach out to passionate young pharmacists.