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Pioneering healthcare solutions on show at inaugural Singapore International Healthcare Week

Singapore, 21 June 2013 - Sphere Conferences, the conference arm of media group Singapore Press Holdings, and SingHealth, Singapore’s largest academic healthcare cluster, today announced that they will jointly organise the country’s first global healthcare event – the Singapore International Healthcare Week (SIHW) – at the Marina Bay Sands from 19 to 21 August 2013

The inaugural event is a new initiative by both organisations to provide a world-class learning and networking platform for healthcare leaders and administrators to exchange ideas, innovations and best practices. 

This three-day event includes highly interactive congresses and a summit, covering a range of topics impacting the healthcare industry – 

    · Singapore Healthcare Management Congress
    · Singapore Healthcare Enterprise Risk Management Congress
    · Singapore Healthcare Supply Chain Management Congress
    · Food Services in Healthcare Summit

There will be more than 80 plenary sessions, a poster competition and a large-scale exhibition, The Singapore International Healthcare Expo. The Expo will showcase more than 200 healthcare innovations and services ranging from medical equipment and supplies to information technology such as biometrics, data storage and RFID and food and nutrition services and security and surveillance systems. 

The congresses will feature speakers from renowned and experienced healthcare professionals and industry experts such as -

· Mr Chen Yu-Ray, Chairman, Chang Gung Steering Committee, Chang Gung Medical Foundation, Taiwan
· Mr Kevin Sowers, President, Duke University Hospital, USA
· Mr David Hunter, Vice President, Supply Chain Management, Providence Health & Services, USA
· Ms Laurel Junk, Vice President, Supply Chain, Kaiser Permanente, USA
· Ms Margaret Duguid, Pharmaceutical Advisor, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Australia
· A/Prof Low Cheng Ooi, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Ministry Of Health, Singapore
· Dr Chong Yoke Sin, Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Health Information Systems, Singapore

Mr Tan Jack Thian, Group Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Procurement Officer at SingHealth, said: “With rising patient expectations and healthcare landscapes that are rapidly evolving, healthcare organisations in Asia face growing challenges in areas such as hospital management, supply chain and enterprise risk management. To overcome these challenges, it is critical for healthcare providers to continuously look for innovative practices for better care delivery, to embark on academic journeys and to form strong collaborations with like-minded partners locally and internationally. The Singapore International Healthcare Week is conceptualised and organised with these priorities in mind.”

“With Sphere Conferences as our co-organiser, participants can look forward to an even more robust and holistic programme with opportunities to share best practices and learn from leading organisations as well as to explore and develop new business relationships”, added Mr Tan. 

Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Conferences, said: “We are delighted to work with SingHealth in developing our country’s healthcare sector. Over the years, this region has seen the emergence of a greying population and significant increase in healthcare awareness. We believe that SIHW is a timely development and presents healthcare professionals from around the world the opportunity to learn from the best in the field through exchange of insights and management strategies. Our collaboration in building this anchor event will further reinforce and elevate Singapore’s status as the leading medical and healthcare hub in the region.”

For more information on the Singapore International Healthcare Week, please contact Ms Karin Lee of Sphere Conferences at telephone: (65) 6848-6054 or email: More information can also be found on the official website at

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Ms Karin Lee

Senior Marketing Manager 
Sphere Conferences
Tel: (65) 6848 6054

Ms Chio Shu Yu 
Manager, Group Communications 
Singapore Health Services (SingHealth) 
Tel: (65) 6377 8040

Mr Yeo Siew Chi
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings 
Tel: (65) 6319 1586

About Singapore Health Services (SingHealth)

SingHealth, Singapore’s largest Academic Healthcare Cluster, is committed to providing affordable and accessible quality healthcare to patients. With a total of 42 clinical specialties, its network of 2 Hospitals, 5 National Specialty Centres, 9 Polyclinics and a Community Hospital delivers a comprehensive range of multi-disciplinary and integrated medical care. SingHealth is responsible for developing Sengkang Health, a new healthcare system to deliver patient-centric care to the community in the north-east of Singapore. By 2018, a general hospital and a community hospital will be fully operational in Sengkang. The collective strengths of SingHealth and Duke-NUS, its partner in research and medical education, pave the way for the transformation of healthcare. 

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Members of the SingHealth group: 

Hospitals (Tertiary Specialty Care): 
Singapore General Hospital and KK Women's and Children's Hospital 

National Specialty Centres (Tertiary Specialty Care): 
National Cancer Centre Singapore, National Dental Centre of Singapore, National Heart Centre Singapore, National Neuroscience Institute, and Singapore National Eye Centre 

SingHealth Polyclinics (Primary Care): 
Bedok, Bukit Merah, Geylang, Marine Parade, Outram, Pasir Ris, Queenstown, Sengkang, and Tampines

Community Hospital (Intermediate and Long-term Care): 
Bright Vision Hospital 

About Sphere Conferences

Sphere Conferences is the conference arm of Singapore Press Holdings. It produces conferences that are of the highest quality that brings inspiration, innovation and value to customers. Sphere Conferences’ purpose is to empower customers with big and fresh ideas and key lasting relationships that will enable them to excel in their chosen markets, by providing unique networking and learning platforms whereby they can learn, network and do business.

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About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

In Singapore, SPH publishes 18 newspaper titles in four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile

Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 270 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs

(STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); Stomp, and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.


In the radio business, SPH has a 92.9% per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. 

Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPH MediaBoxOffice.


SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its second retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road. SPH‘s latest retail development project, The Seletar Mall, is slated for completion by end 2014.

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