Can We Merge Personalised Health with Public Health?
A coordinated approach to public health has improved the lives of billions of people since the late 1800s. By identifying population-level health challenges, improving sick care and infrastructure, and scaling up interventions that work, public health has raised the quality of life and extended how long people live. But public health is far from perfect. Diseases like cholera, diabetes, and COVID-19 still impact billions of people around the world.
In this episode, we look at the impact personalisation brings to public health. Are they compatible? Can personalised health be affordable and accessible to all populations, not only the wealthy? These are critical questions which impact the future of health.
Personalised public health promises to improve global outcomes by using data and technology to target interventions to populations. Host Tony Estrella and experts Dr. Jeremy Lim and Dr. John Sargent discuss the policy challenges to achieving personalised public health, as well as examples from around the world where this approach is already becoming reality.
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Dr. Jeremy Lim (MD, MPH) is a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Singapore office. He advises senior officials at public sector agencies and has extensive experience consulting and advising multinational private and NGO clients on national and regional strategies for go-to-market plans and implementation, government engagement and public-private partnerships.
Jeremy is also active in academia, holding appointments at several universities. He teaches at the National University of Singapore (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, and Duke-NUS medical school), and in 2013 authored Myth or Magic: The Singapore Healthcare System, a book that draws lessons from the Singapore health system for health reform efforts in other countries.
Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Jeremy trained in surgery and public health. He has worked in senior executive roles in both public and private sectors, including time spent as a senior official in the Ministry of Health Singapore where he was also involved in a number of ‘Whole of Government’ initiatives.
Jeremy chairs the steering committee of NIHA (NUS Initiative to Improve Health in Asia), an initiative to strengthen health policy research and education in Asia and sits on the Behavioral Sciences Institute, Singapore Management University, Centre for Health Informatics (NUS) and Next Age Institute (NUS) advisory boards. He also contributes as immediate past President of the Fulbright Association (Singapore) and convener for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Singapore alumni. Jeremy enjoys serving in the NGO sector and in Singapore chairs the School Advisory Committee of the Meridian Junior College, the medical advisory committee of Dover Park Hospice and regionally, is a Member of the ‘Save the Children’ Asia Corporate Advisory Council. He is a volunteer physician with HealthServe, a Singapore NGO catering to the health needs of migrant workers.
Dr. John Sargent is a globally recognized innovator focused on developing 4th Industrial Revolution technologies to radically improve healthcare delivery and catalyze broader development sector outcomes.
John co-founded BroadReach in 2003 and currently serves on the Board of Managers. He has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in 2015, by Frost & Sullivan with the Visionary Leadership Award in Healthcare, and by Devex as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in Development.
Prior to co-founding BroadReach, John was a management consultant specializing in strategic and clinical operations projects. John earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree from Oxford University as a Fulbright Scholar and an MD from Harvard Medical School.