Digitising the Patient: Opportunities, Challenges and Implications

Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Opening speech delivered at Singapore's 9th International Clinical Ethics Conference. The theme of the conference in 2019 was Health Data.

The presentation opened with an overview of the stated financial and clinical benefits of EHR, alongside the future vision for EHR as driver of data-driven, AI-assisted 'learning health systems' and personalised medicine. Next it examined a range of hurdles to EHR integrity and implementation, including interoperability, data quality and regulatory uncertainties. A key theme of the presentation was 'data cultures', reflecting on their influence on data practices, risks and governance. Particular attention was drawn to features of Singapore's public/private health system, cultural diversity, and threats landscape, reflecting on recent cyber attacks and the problems faced by the National EHR programme. Finally it set the scene for the remainder of the event by examining a range of ethical issues, such as values, integrity, privacy, choice, control, transparency, and accountability, also highlighting patient-accessible records as a tool for trust.
Period28 Sep 2019
Event titleCENTRES 9th International Clinical Ethics Conference: recent legal developments and their implications for healthcare practice
Event typeConference
LocationSingapore, Singapore
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Digital Health
  • eHealth
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Data Science
  • Data Ethics
  • Governance
  • Cybersecurity
  • Culture
  • Regulation
  • Bioethics
  • Medical Ethics
  • Future of Health
  • Diversity
  • Health Systems
  • Global Health
  • innovation
  • eGovernment
  • Accountability