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SingHealth and Sphere Conferences launch Singapore's first International Healthcare Week

Singapore, 19 August 2013 - SingHealth, Singapore’s largest academic healthcare cluster and Sphere Conferences, the conference arm of Singapore Press Holdings, jointly launched the country’s first global healthcare event – the Singapore International Healthcare Week (SIHW) – at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre today. Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, Singapore, was the Guest-of Honour. 

The inaugural event, which runs from 19 to 21 August 2013, includes three highly interactive congresses – healthcare management, enterprise risk management and supply chain management – and a summit on food services in healthcare. It kicked off with the opening of the Singapore Healthcare Management Congress on the first day. 

“This is an exciting initiative by both SingHealth and Sphere to provide a world-class learning and networking platform for local and overseas healthcare leaders and administrators. We are very pleased to welcome more than 700 delegates to the event, with overseas delegates from as far as India, France, Switzerland and the United States”, said Mr Tan Jack Thian, Group Chief Operating Officer and Group Chief Procurement Officer at SingHealth. 

“In coming together to exchange ideas and best practices with one another, we are able to tap on collective wisdom to address common challenges faced by healthcare organisations and hopefully, set new benchmarks which will raise the standards of patient care”, Mr Tan added. 

Promoting innovations and improvements in healthcare 

Faced with longer life expectancies, falling fertility rates, rising affluence and globalisation, healthcare organisations around the world face growing challenges which include an aging population, rise in chronic non-communicable diseases and the constant threat of global health crises and pandemics. 

For healthcare administrators, it is events such as the Singapore International Healthcare Week that will offer them the opportunities to acquire new knowledge and perspectives on healthcare management, discuss solutions to common problems, as well as forge new collaborations with like-minded partners.

Featuring various industry experts and renowned thought leaders from local and overseas healthcare and academic institutions, the line-up of speakers at the three congresses include: 

· 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
· Dr Tom Hale, Executive Medical Director, Tele-Health Services / Innovation, Mercy Health, USA
· A/Prof Low Cheng Ooi, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Ministry Of Health, Singapore
· Mr Dickson Yeo, Director of Supply Chain, NTUC Fairprice, and Chief Executive Officer, Grocery Logistics of Singapore

· Dr Chong Su-Lin, Managing Director, Prince Court Medical Centre, Malaysia

· Dr Bhuvaneshwari Shankar, Group Chief Dietitian, Apollo Hospitals Group, India

In addition, SingHealth organised a poster competition to encourage local healthcare administrators to submit innovation and improvement projects pertaining to supply chain, service quality, human resource, risk management, finance and communications. 

More than 130 projects were submitted by various healthcare clusters such as National Healthcare Group, Eastern Health Alliance, Alexandra Health Group and SingHealth. Winning entries of the poster competition will be announced during the closing ceremony of the Singapore Healthcare Management Congress on 20 August

Mr Chua Wee Phong, Chairman of Sphere Conferences, said: “With the exciting line up of the different programmes for Singapore International Healthcare Week, we are confident to see more healthcare advances with the introduction of new innovations in the sector. With the great success of this 2013 event, we look forward to offering a bigger and more exciting show next year.”

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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 
SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across 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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