10-Apr-2018 A Software Engineer with a Soft Spot for Healthcare Page ContentWith the booming field of Information Technology (IT) in Healthcare, one no longer needs to be a medical professional to deliver patient care — an expertise in the engineering field is just as valuable. We get in touch with Wu Chia Sheng to find out why he transitioned from a Computer Engineering undergraduate at the National University of Singapore to a software engineer for the Programme Delivery – HealthHub team. 1. What sparked your interest in healthcare?I was intrigued by the way technology is shaping today’s landscape. After a year-long internship with a MedTech start-up during my tertiary education, I realised that the healthcare sector was where I wanted to put my IT skills to use. Healthcare is a massive sector that is riding on the digital transformation wave, and it is very feasible to adopt state of the art technologies to address challenges in healthcare.2. How have you benefited from the Fresh Graduate Incubation Programme (FGIP)?As a Computer Engineering undergraduate with an interest in healthcare, I found out more about IHiS and the FGIP during one of the career fairs. The FGIP provided many training opportunities to ease my transition to the working world, and matched my skills to my current role in developing applications for HealthHub and improving population health. I have also been given the resources to gain new technical skills, which allows me to stay relevant in the future. 3. What are you working on in IHiS?I have been part of IHiS’ HealthHub Programme Delivery team as a software engineer for over a year, working on developing Children’s Health modules for the Android mobile application of HealthHub. My role is interesting and fulfilling as I am able to work with a team to develop a national platform that empowers Singaporeans to better manage their health. 4. What is your most memorable moment in IHiS?It was during the deployment night of my first HealthHub major release. I remember feeling very excited and anxious as the deployment was not an easy feat. There were many components that had to be deployed in a correct order, including components implemented by external vendors. When the new features of HealthHub were finally rolled out to the public, the sense of satisfaction kicked in. My team even held a mini celebration after working into the wee hours to roll out its new features. 5. Why do you love working in IHiS?I think IHiS is “laser-focused” on improving healthcare with technology, and this really resonates with me! It is this degree of dedication that is necessary for IHiS to truly achieve positive results with technologies in healthcare. Although it was challenging to transit from being a student to a software engineer, I am glad to have received strong support and guidance from my colleagues and managers. They have helped me greatly by explaining how the entire HealthHub system and development works at a high level.Find out more about careers at IHiS here.