The Smart Health Leadership Centre under the National University of Singapore’s Institute of Systems Science (NUS-ISS) has launched Singapore’s first Smart Health Leadership Professional Diploma.
The first cohort comprises 15 students from the National University Health System (NUHS). They are mainly healthcare professionals from the JurongHealth Campus which comprises the Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) and Jurong Community Hospital.
The diploma is offered in a bite-sized and stackable format.
This means that participants can choose to complete all five short training courses in any order and at any time that suits their working schedule.
These five courses range from two to three days each in duration. They cover the fields of systems thinking and root cause analysis, data storytelling, digital transformation planning, service design, and business process reengineering.
The completed courses will stack up towards the Professional Diploma, and can be done over five years.
After completing the five courses, participants will also be required to embark on a 25-day capstone project, where they get to apply the knowledge and skills gained to design and pilot healthcare solutions. Participants will have the flexibility to complete the project over a six-month period.
The number of elderly citizens in Singapore is expected to triple by 2030. To meet the growing healthcare needs, the development and use of technology to support healthy ageing will become more crucial than ever.
The Smart Health Leadership Professional Diploma will enable healthcare professionals to pick up skills in human-centred design, technology planning, and data analytics. They will also learn to develop smarter and patient-centric healthcare solutions.
“The Smart Health Leadership Professional Diploma is introduced to support Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative and the trend towards smarter healthcare," said Mr Khoong Chan Meng, CEO of NUS-ISS.
"It is the first of its kind in Singapore, and offers a blend of experiential classes in digital technology, data analytics, and design thinking. By equipping healthcare professionals with key skills and tools to develop integrated, technology-enabled healthcare solutions, they will be empowered to play a greater role in transforming our local healthcare industry.”
“Developments in digital technologies and data analytics are enabling more transformative efforts in healthcare than ever before. By getting more healthcare professionals, including the people on the ground in our hospitals and healthcare institutes, on board the healthcare transformation journey, we can take advantage of these opportunities and deliver better and smarter healthcare,” said Mrs Tamsin Greulich-Smith, Chief of the Smart Health Leadership Centre, NUS-ISS.