The promise of Personalised Health: Is this the Future of Healthcare?
Imagine a world in which advanced medical treatments and technologies are the new standard, available to everyone regardless of geography or socioeconomic status. Individuals now survive metastatic cancer instead of fearing the disease. And you have a complete profile of your specific health needs, so your clinical team can prevent sickness from occurring in the first place.
This is the promise of personalised health – and it is the future.
So how do we get there? Host Tony Estrella and health policy experts Dr. Rifat Atun and Professor Tikki Pangestu explore the progress we've made – and the barriers we have to overcome. Tune in to learn how to move away from our current, one-size-fits-all model of care to a more equitable, sustainable, and healthier future.
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Prof Tikki Pangestu joined the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, at the National University of Singapore after 13 years at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland as Director of its Research Policy & Cooperation department.
In this capacity he worked with countries to strengthen their national health research systems, developed mechanisms and initiatives to improve the efficiency and transparency of global health research, and helped formulate an Organization-wide research policy.
Prior to his WHO career, Tikki was Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the Institute of Postgraduate Studies & Research, and Associate Professor/Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
After following a traditional academic career path in Malaysia, his experience at the WHO convinced him that the generation of knowledge must be accompanied by its translation and utilization, and the bridging of the ‘know-do’ gap into effective and sustainable public policies in order to improve the health of humankind, especially in the developing world.
He is currently Chair of the Board of SEACO (Southeast Asia Community Observatory) and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Asia Pacific Leadership Malaria Alliance (APLMA).
Tikki’s main research and academic interests are in infectious diseases, the impact of genomics on public health, global health governance, national health research systems, knowledge translation, research transparency & accountability, and the use of evidence in health policy development.
Dr. Atun is Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University and the Faculty Chair of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program. In 2008-12 he served as a member of the Executive Management Team of the Global Fund as the Director of Strategy, Performance and Evaluation. In 2006-2013 he was a Professor of International Health Management at Imperial College London. He is a visiting professor at University of Kyoto, Japan.
Professor Atun’s research focuses on health system transformation, and innovation in health systems. He has published 400 peer reviewed papers in leading journals.
Prof Atun has advised more than 30 governments on health policy and health system reform, and has worked with the World Bank, WHO and other leading organizations such as Medtronic, Merck, Novartis and Hoffmann-La Roche. In 2020, he served as a senior advisor to the G20 Presidency. He is a member of the Longitude Prize Committee – the largest science prize in the world.