Thank you for participating in the National Health IT Summit 2018!

The 10th edition of the National Health IT Summit was held on 17 July 2018, at the Singapore Expo. Organised by IHiS, the annual flagship event was the largest in scale to date, and brought together more than 800 attendees from public and private healthcare, as well as partner agencies, to glean insights on ways to transform the core of Singapore’s healthcare, and learn more about emerging technologies and innovative concepts.
Themed “Smart Health: Innovate and Scale”, the Summit focused on scaling innovation in healthcare, and featured a strong line-up of distinguished local and overseas speakers such as Dr Ali Parsa (babylon) and Dr Brian Gerkey (Open Robotics), whose expertise run the gamut from chatbots to robots. Delegates were able to gain insights beyond the local scene, which allowed them to reflect on their own innovation journey thus far.
Read more about the Summit here. View photo highlights here.
The Summit will return in September 2020. Stay tuned for more information!

About National Health IT Summit 2018

The National Health IT Summit is an annual flagship forum that brings public healthcare policy makers and senior leaders from Singapore’s public and private healthcare sector under one roof for a day of high-level discussions, insightful talks and networking.
Organised by Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS) and supported by the Ministry of Health, Singapore (MOH), the by-invitation-only event has grown in scale and significance over the years, and is now the premier platform for the exchange of ideas and strategies among leading thinkers and practitioners from healthcare institutions, corporations and government agencies.
The theme for this year’s event is “Smart Health: Innovate and Scale”. A stellar line-up of distinguished international experts has been assembled to share their perspectives, insights and experiences pertaining to these thematic thrusts, including speakers from recognised market leaders in diverse fields ranging from artificial intelligence to robotics, such as babylon and Open Robotics.

National Health IT Summit Programme*

  ‍0800 - 0845
Registration# (Guests to be seated by 0845)
Arrival of Guest-of-Honour
Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health
‍ ‍0900 - 0905
Welcome by NHITS Chairperson
Mr Chua Chee Yong, Head, IT Strategy and Planning, Ministry of Health
Director, Innovation Lab, Emerging Services & Capabilities Group, Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd (IHiS)
‍ ‍0905 - 0925
Keynote Address by Guest-of-Honour
Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health
‍ ‍0925 - 1005
Chatbots: Transforming Healthcare through Innovation and Scale
Dr Ali Parsa, CEO and Founder, babylon
 ‍1005 - 1025
National Health IT Excellence Awards Ceremony
Presentation of awards by Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health                      
 ‍1025 - 1035
Update on National HealthTech Challenge
Mr Gerard Chew, Head, Innovation Lab, Emerging Services & Capabilities Group, Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd (IHiS)                    
 ‍1035 - 1120
Tea Break+
 ‍1120 - 1250
Let’s C.H.A.T. panel discussion
 ‍1250 - 1400
 ‍1400 - 1430
The Open Source Approach to Healthcare Robotics Interoperability
Dr Brian Gerkey, CEO, Open Robotics
 ‍1430 - 1450
Prize Giving Ceremony for National HealthTech Challenge
Mr Gerard Chew, Head, Innovation Lab, Emerging Services & Capabilities Group, Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd (IHiS)
 ‍1450 - 1520
IT Innovation in Healthcare: The Hong Kong Experience
Dr NT Cheung, Head of Information Technology and Health Informatics/Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong
 ‍1520 - 1545
 Tea Break+                    
 ‍1545 - 1615
Pushing Innovation in Private Healthcare: A Farrer Park Technology Story
Mr James Woo, Chief Information Officer, Farrer Park Hospital
 ‍1615 - 1645
Medical Devices and Cyber-Security
Mr Ron Hoffman, Managing Director, APAC, Bio-Nexus
 ‍1645 - 1655
Closing Address
A/Prof Low Cheng Ooi, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Ministry of Health
Chief Clinical Informatics Officer, Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd (IHiS)

More information on

Let’s C.H.A.T (Conversation on Health and Technology) panel discussion
In this panel discussion, senior leaders from the healthcare and public sector will dissect and debate the issues surrounding the transformation of healthcare in Singapore through innovation, most notably the challenges of scaling and what needs to be done to facilitate the faster adoption and proliferation of innovations in order to extend their benefits beyond the few to the many. 

National HealthTech Challenge
The National HealthTech Challenge is a platform that aggregates demand for health technology solutions, pools funding within the innovation and startup ecosystems, and brings together people from Singapore's public healthcare institutions and solution providers to improve healthcare.

National Health IT Excellence Awards Ceremony
Guest-of-Honour Minister for Health Mr Gan Kim Yong will present the National Health IT Excellence Awards to recognise the contribution and achievements of public and private healthcare institutions and individuals that have achieved excellence through IT.

*Programme is subject to change.
#Registration opens from 0800 onwards. If you have not received your event badge, please present your registration bar code at one of the counters to obtain one.     
+There will be two tea breaks and one luncheon for the day. Free flow of coffee and tea will be available from 0830 onwards. The food served is Halal certified.

National Health IT Summit 2018 Speakers

Dr Ali Parsa

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Dr Brian Gerkey

Chief Executive Officer
Open Robotics

Dr NT Cheung

Head of Information Technology and Health Informatics /
Chief Medical Informatics Officer
Hospital Authority, Hong Kong

Mr James Woo

Chief Information Officer
Farrer Park Hospital

Mr Ron Hoffman

Managing Director, APAC

Panel Discussion Speakers

Mr Ng Chee Khern

Permanent Secretary
Smart Nation & Digital Government


Prof. John Wong

Group Chief Executive,
National University Health System


Prof. Philip Choo

Group Chief Executive Officer,
National Healthcare Group


Adjunct Prof. Lee Chien Earn

Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, SingHealth
Chief Executive Officer of Changi General Hospital



The Summit will be held at MAX Atria @ the Singapore EXPO, 1 Expo Dr, Singapore 486150.


Getting There

By Car

Car park coupons will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Three major expressways link Singapore EXPO to the rest of Singapore. They are:

  • East Coast Parkway (ECP)
  • Pan Island Expressway (PIE)
  • Tampines Expressway (TPE)

There are 2,200 car park lots dedicated solely to visitors at the centre.

 Driving directions from the City

  •  Take the PIE (exit 4A)
  •  Turn into Simei Avenue
  •  Head into Upper Changi Road East
  •  Turn into Expo Drive where car park lots are located


  •  Take the ECP (exit 2B)
  •  Connect to Xilin Avenue
  •  Connect to Upper Changi Road East or Changi South Avenue 1 or 3
  •  Turn into Expo Drive where car park lots are located


  • Take the TPE
  •  Turn into Upper Changi Road East
  •  Turn into Expo Drive where car park lots are located

By Train - Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Line

Singapore EXPO is served by its own station, Expo MRT station. To get to Singapore EXPO from Changi Airport, take the east bound train. It is just one stop from Changi Airport MRT and the journey lasts only 4 minutes. Average frequency from Changi Airport station is 12 minutes.  If you are coming from other parts of Singapore, transfer trains at Tanah Merah station (on the East West line) where the train will take you to Expo MRT in 3 minutes.  The station is behind Hall 6.

By Bus

There are several bus services available to reach Singapore EXPO. Services numbers 12, 24 and 38 stop at EXPO Halls 1/2/3 (Bus stop no. 96029) and EXPO Halls 4/5/6 (Bus stop no. 96039), while service numbers 35,47 and 118 stop behind Singapore EXPO (Bus stop no. 96229). The following are the bus stop numbers around Singapore EXPO:

96229 - Singapore Expo
96029 - Expo Halls 1/2/3
96039 - Expo Halls 4/5/6