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Digital Innovation in Healthcare: Concepts and Case Studies

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July 9 @ 9:00 am 10:00 am UTC+8

The 2022 Tsinghua Global Summer School (GSS) will be held from July 4 to July 10, themed “A Healthy Planet for Sustainable Development“. There will be more than 1,000 outstanding young students from all over the world participating in the courses online.

One of the important components of the GSS is the “GSS Masterclass“. This Year, we have invited distinguished professors and experts from different schools and institutions of Tsinghua University to share their frontier insights with our GSS participants. GSS Masterclasses will be broadcast live both on GSS official website (Live Room) and XuetangX. Please stay tuned! 

Digital technology, such as AI, telemedicine, the internet of things (IoT), big data analytics and 5G networks, has vast potential to impact on healthcare. However, the pace of adoption of digital technology has been slow in healthcare settings. This is related to a complex interaction of technical and non-technical factors. For example, many AI and digital technology has been narrowly tested in highly experimental “lab settings” and not validated in “real-world” clinical settings and in local patient populations and context. Non-technical factors also impede the adoption and scaling of such technology in healthcare. This talk will share concepts of AI, telemedicine and other digital technology. It will cover case studies and lessons learnt in 1) Telemedicine and AI: Developing and scaling of a national telemedicine-based screening program in diabetic retinopathy, a blinding eye disease in diabetes and the challenge of integration and deployment of an AI algorithm into this telemedicine program, 2) Video-consultations: The launch and scaling of video-consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic and 3) Home-monitoring: The design and implementation of a home monitoring system for non-urgent eyecare. Understanding issues and challenges are critical for healthcare policy makers, leaders, clinicians, scientists, engineers and program managers to implement digital innovation in healthcare settings.

Time: July 8th, 09:00-10:00, Beijing time (GMT+8)

Link for live stream (and replay): https://www.xuetangx.com/live/20220704summerintl/20220704summer/12259630/21933086

WONG Tien Yin
Founding Head and Chair Professor,
Tsinghua Medicine, Tsinghua University


WONG Tien Yin is an ophthalmologist and physician‐scientist who completed medical school at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. In 2022, he took up a new position as Chair Professor and Founding Head of Tsinghua Medicine at Tsinghua University, China. Over the past two decades, Prof Wong has served in multiple leadership positions in Singapore and Australia. His last position was Arthur Lim Professor and Medical Director of the Singapore National Eye Center, one of the largest tertiary eye‐care hospital in Asia and globally. Prof Wong has also served as Chair of Departments of Ophthalmology at NUS and University of Melbourne, Australia.

Prof Wong is a retinal specialist, with a research portfolio on retinal diseases and ocular imaging, including AI. He has published >1,400 peer‐reviewed papers (h‐index 184), given >500 invited named, plenary, and symposium lectures globally, and received >US$100 million in grant funding. Prof Wong has been recognized with multiple international awards, including Arnall Patz Medal (Macula Society), the Alcon Research Institute Award, the Jose Rizal Medal (Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology). He has received Singapore’s President’s Science and Technology Award. He is an elected international (foreign) member of the US National Academy of Medicine.


July 9
9:00 am – 10:00 am UTC+8
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