In conjunction with the Consuelo Foundation-a nonprofit addressing children's wellbeing-ACCESS Health Philippines organized a Child Protection Research Forum to appraise the current state of child protection in the country. The Forum involved a wide range of participants, including academics, child advocates, health professionals, law enforcers and legal scholars. In October, a final report was published detailing a multifaceted challenge from the Philippine context, including a range of emotional, mental, physical and social considerations. Especially given the challenges created by Covid-19 today-not being able to physically attend school, parents having challenges making ends meet amid mass unemployment, and living close together for extended time frames-this forum was remarkably salient in a young country where a third of the population is 14 years old or younger. The report also reflects the exchange of ideas by this diverse group that generated actionable plans for improving the status of child protection in the Philippines. Follow-up actions include the set-up of a research and learning network to encourage further multidisciplinary knowledge-sharing evident during the event, which was patterned on ACCESS Health's participation in the Joint Learning Network. You can view a recording of the Research Forum here.
Media headlines are documenting the race for a Covid-19 vaccine. The scientific, political and media discourse is centered around questions of "When?" and "How good?" What is missing from this discussion is the question, "For whom?" How will the global public health community and how national healthcare systems equitably deploy a vaccine to 7 billion people once it is available?" Many health systems are not equipped for what will be the largest vaccine deployment in history. Successfully vaccinating most of the global community will require not just manufacturing and financing the vaccine; it will require that healthcare systems or governments procure adequate numbers of syringes, that governments communicate the need for and benefits to mass vaccination, and that enough frontline healthcare workers are appropriately trained to give vaccines. This webinar, hosted by the ACCESS Health Southeast Asia team, is a discussion on what is needed from the public and private sectors to support healthcare systems for vaccination on this scale. Speakers:Hsien-Hsien Lei, CEO, AmCham Singapore, Adjunct Associate Professor, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public HealthEmmanuelle Quentin, Regional Marketing Director, Pharmaceutical systems, BDChris Morgan, Senior Technical Advisor, Immunization, JhpiegoEduardo Banzon, Principal Health Specialist, Asian Development Bank Moderator:Adrienne Mendenhall, Director of Business Development, ACCESS Health International Southeast Asia Please click here to view the webinar.
On October the 8th, Sejal Mistry, Country Director ACCESS Health International Southeast Asia spoke on a webinar hosted by IFC and Portal Findev in Latin America on how fintech offers a new way forward in breaking barriers to healthcare access. During this online seminar, we understood that digital financial solutions for health (Fintech for health) start from identifying pain points on the patients’ experience map to allow them to access and pay without friction and in an innovative way for services such as consultations, vaccination, specialized medical treatment, medicines, etc. Please click hereto view the webinar in Spanish.
ACCESS Health Chair and President William A. Haseltine today released two new books-an autobiography to inspire a life devoted to science and filled with purpose, and breaking commentary on COVID-19. In My Lifelong Fight Against Disease: From Polio and AIDS to COVID-19, Dr. Haseltine tells his life story for the first time. The book includes his accounts of facing devastating public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlights exhilarating moments of medical discovery. In writing the story of his wide ranging career, Dr. Haseltine's goals are simple: to encourage the next generation to make their own significant contribution to human life, and for all readers to appreciate science as a humanistic enterprise. A compulsively readable and fast-paced insider's account of some of the most brilliant medical breakthroughs in modern history, My Lifelong Fight Against Disease is a candid, evocative, and ultimately revelatory exploration into what it means to make science your life. The book is available for purchase on Amazon. As Dr. Haseltine was working on the final chapters of his autobiography, rumors of a new pneumonia-like illness coming from Wuhan, China were just beginning to emerge. COVID-19 has gone on to infect at least thirty five million people worldwide and has killed more than one million. After a lifetime spent in science, medicine and pursuing better public health, Dr. Haseltine is once again logging eighteen hour days battling a new and still somewhat unknown disease. His opinions on the course of the pandemic are sought regularly by major broadcast news networks and print media. The COVID Commentaries is a collection of Dr. Haseltine's writings, research and interviews on COVID-19. It is a Living eBook, updated regularly with new information on the disease and our response as it unfolds. It is organized into four parts, spread across two volumes. The first contains his published commentaries and social media posts on the outbreak, providing a quick, spur of the moment glimpse into his thinking day to day. The second section includes his interviews with scientists, economists, parents, grandparents and children that have informed his thinking and understanding of the virus and its disease. The third part provides links to his media interviews and mentions in news articles. The final section is a robust assemblage of links to COVID-related news, medical and scientific research papers, webinars and online resources from other organizations. Dr. Haseltine's A Family Guide to COVID: Questions & Answers for Parents, Grandparents & Children and his subsequent book, A COVID Back To School Guide: Questions and Answers for Parents and Students, were the first books to be published as Living eBooks. They are updated regularly as more is discovered about the disease and the nature of the outbreak changes. When a reader purchases a copy of the book, either in print or online, you will receive a special passcode that will give you online access to every subsequent edition of the book, as it is released. You can purchase a copy of the COVID Commentaries on Amazon: Volume I, Volume II.
The Rockefeller Foundation and ACCESS Health International today launched a new report on the important role digital technology can play in response to pandemics like Covid-19. The report, titled Tackling Covid-19 Pandemic through Integrating Digital Technology and Public Health: Linking Experiences in China to the World, offers governments and business leaders around the world key insights from China's experiences in tackling Covid-19, with the aim of further enabling effective responses against the virus. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation, ACCESS Health International conducted a systematic study, documenting and sharing both policy initiatives and technology solutions used to support the public health system in China throughout the pandemic. Dr. Chang Liu, Regional Director for Greater China and Southeast Asia, ACCESS Health International stated, "China was the first country impacted by the novel virus and is now the first market in the world to reopen its economy following the outbreak. Digital technology has been critical to the country's success, as well as the important role played by those in the public and private sectors. We hope that this report and China's experience will help in other markets, especially those still suffering from the pandemic." The report offers an in-depth understanding of the actions and strategies implemented by the government, the role digital technology played, the technologies used, and the impact made across six outbreak response categories including fast response, epidemiological studies, diagnosis and treatment, supportive activities, long-term management and comprehensive disease control system. Deepali Khanna, Managing-Director of The Rockefeller Foundation's Asia Regional Office said, "As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate nations across the world, this report is an attempt to document and share experiences of effective strategies in the fight against the global pandemic. Most strategies have pointed to the immense importance of incorporating data and technology into our public health systems and emergency response plans. The Rockefeller Foundation has been focusing on mitigating the impacts of the crisis by supporting countries to build technology innovations, expand smart testing, and leverage data insights to direct the right interventions to the right people at the right time." Findings in the report show that applications of digital technology in Covid-19 pandemic responses successfully helped mitigate and overcome some of the greatest challenges including how to quickly diagnose and treat those who are ill, how to prevent ongoing transmission of the virus, and how to manage this disease and other infectious diseases like it over the long term. The report includes twelve case studies to illustrate digital solutions in different scenarios, and documents key success factors for each case study across three levels: government, social and enterprise. To download the report, please visit: HERE.
This article was written by Dr Rachel Leung, a medical doctor based in Hong Kong. Coronavirus pandemic has catalyzed transformative changes in healthcare technologies. Social distancing measures to reduce the risk of transmissions has altered conventional medical consultations and clinical procedures, an abundance of information on outbreak updates through various media outlets has overwhelmed the mass public, and the sheer population of Covid-19 patients and non-Covid-19 patients have paralyzed existing medical facilities. Facing unprecedented pressure and unanticipated challenges, rapid agility in applying healthcare technologies and high demand of faith in technology-assisted healthcare services have created unique adaptation and dynamic changes in the relationships between people and technology in healthcare. Maintaining primary care services in the midst of the pandemic was essential, as vast majority of the public still required regular medical services. However, due to the overloaded public health system, many were unable to seek and receive the support they need. This catalyzed the transition to telemedicine, partially substituting the conventional face-to-face consultations. For instance, WeDoctor united physicians across China to provide teleconsultation to alleviate healthcare burdens in the community health centers. WeDoctor also expanded its services internationally to channel clinical information exchange across global networks of physicians, changing relationships between patients, healthcare professionals and healthcare technologies. In secondary care, safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the elderly population group became even more critical, as they account for a large proportion of mortalities among Covid-19 cases. Technologies in form of videoconferencing, remote drug deliveries and robot-assisted care can serve as mediators to providing care for the elderlies, while reducing the risk of infection and transmission. Due to Covid-19 outbreak, many eldercare centers sent their residents home to their families. To ensure smooth transition for homecare for the families with elders, IZhaoHu, an elderly care service provider, piloted an online eldercare training program for family members to provide medical care services to elderly at home. IZhaohu's Cheetah remote elderly care system, through IZhaohu app and its sensors, connected with its clients and provided real-time support for the families and the elderlies at home. Elders, and especially their family members who are not familiar with caring for their elder family members, became empowered through using digital technology. The relationship between the public and tertiary care using digital technology was also strengthened during the pandemic. The large number of moderate to severe cases of Covid-19 patients demanded rapidly scalable solutions to provide timely tertiary care in hospital settings. However, shortage in medical personnel and specialists coupled with risks of transmission hindered timely and adequate care and service for Covid-19 patients. In the case of United Imaging, the company pioneered remote radiological services, such as its Remote Diagnostics Platform, Emergency Radiology Department. Through the use of AI and Medical Cloud Network, United Imaging's technology allowed medical personnel to perform radiological imaging investigation remotely and collect quality radiological images for diagnosis and patient monitoring. The whole process from the image capturing, data collection and analysis, to clinical diagnosis and disease monitoring by nationwide radiologists, were conducted in a contactless setting via remote sensor and image recognition technologies. From offline to online, and from primary care to tertiary care, multi-faceted changes have taken place in the relationship between people and healthcare technologies. The increase in adaptation of technology-enabled health services in China may be attributed to its decade long rise in technology adoption in its population, as well as the large technological reserve in companies dedicated to research and development for of healthcare reform. The transformative changes in the way people interact with healthcare technologies has brought and will continue to bring forth long lasting impact on health systems. This article is developed with key inputs from the Tackling Covid-19 Pandemic through Integrating Digital Technology and Public Health: Linking Experiences in China to the World report which is supported by The Rockefeller Foundation. List of company mentioned WeDoctor-https://www.tencent.com/en-us/responsibility/combat-covid-19-doctor.html Izhaohu http://www.izhaohu.com/ United Imaging http://demo.united-imaging.com/cn/home/ WHO – https://www.who.int/ The Rockefeller Foundation – https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/
On August 3rd, the first JD Health Online Pharmaceutical Seminar was held. Targeting "Openness and Accessibility”, the three-day seminar was supported by ASK Health in inviting specialists from international and domestic health systems and industries and understanding the exploration of the pharmaceutical business in the new normal. The online seminar received more than 200,000 registrations, with more than 5 million viewers, sponsorship from over 500 companies, and over 200 live broadcast sessions. Together with other partners, ASK Health helped JD Health demonstrate the potential of the "Internet and Medical Health" ecology to the industry and establish its new brand of “Online Pharmaceutical Seminar” in this industry.
On July 28th, Health Work, a partner of ASK Health, and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) jointly held an industry forum. ASK Health Director of Global Partnerships, Rui Gu, hosted and participated in this event. The forum covered topics such as an “Overview on Government Policies on Supervision and Registration of Medical Devices in China”, “Market Opportunities for China’s Digital Economy and Healthcare after the Pandemic”, and "Ecological Chain of Health 100.” Some of the sharing guests include Eugene Eu, head of Singapore Enterprise Development Agency, Wu Pinjie, Section Chief of Shanghai Jing'an Investment Promotion Office, Cai Congli, Executive General Manager of Wuhan TACRO Co., Ltd., Zhou Binbin, Director of Innovative Business and Overseas Business of SiQiBEST, and Changjiang Weina, Executive Vice President of Zhongguancun Meinian Health Industry Research Institute.
On July 24th, 2020, the 2020 ASK Health Futures Fellowship virtual kick-off meeting was held successfully. In the meeting, Dr. Chang Liu, Regional Director for ASK Health, introduced the vision and goal for the ASK Health Futures Fellowship and stated the expectations from our fellows. Then the fellows gave brief introductions and shared their interests in the field of health. Afterwards, the heads of each department of ASK Health discussed their positions and the responsibilities of each department to help the fellows understand the organization at a more in-depth level. ASK Health will hold monthly knowledge sharing with the fellows and ASK Health colleagues in order to facilitate more exchanges, help build an understanding of the general healthcare industry, and encourage the fellows to participate more within this field.
On July 23rd, ASK Health and the Modern Aging Program, under Health Futures Innovation Platform and Phoefly Health Technology, jointly organized the second online session of PHBS-CJBS Global Pitch Competition, focusing on the topic of aging care. Six high-quality projects were selected from the global registration projects to participate in this session. These projects covered several topics, including home care for the elderly, PCI post-operations management, orthopedics and sports rehabilitation, cognitive assessment management, mental and psychological VR medical rehabilitation programs, and cognitive impairment solutions. The competition was adjudicated by 14 members, consisting of international specialists and investors. The judges evaluated the teams throughout the entire competition, conducting comprehensive and multi-dimensional reviews of the participating projects in terms of market conditions, solutions, business models, scalability, and team capabilities, in order to select teams for promotion. ASK Health recommended one of the candidate teams for the competition and introduced several industry leaders as members of the panel judges. We believe the Global Pitch Competition will further enable the development of the aging care industry, both domestically and internationally.