Information and communication technologies
(ICTs) are transforming all facets of our lives at an increasingly rapid pace today. Healthcare
is no exception. To take a few examples, Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have
changed the way patient information is stored and exchanged. Telehealth and
mobile apps are bringing quality healthcare to remote communities. Sensor
technologies are altering patient monitoring. Cutting edge artificial
intelligence, enabled by big data and machine learning, is supporting diagnosis and decisions on treatment options and it could potentially usher in a
new era of personalised medicine.
OpenGov spoke to Mr. Harold Wolf,
President and CEO of HIMSS
(Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society), about this rapidly
changing healthcare landscape. Headquartered in Chicago, HIMSS is a global,
cause-based, not-for-profit organisation focused on better health through
information and technology. HIMSS leads efforts to optimise health engagements
and care outcomes using IT.
Mr. Wolf assumed his current position in July
2017. He has nearly 35 years of experience as a healthcare and informatics
executive with areas of expertise in mhealth, product development, integrated
care models, marketing, distribution, information technology and innovation
started your role as the new President and CEO of HIMSS. Could you tell us
about your aspirations and what you hope to achieve in the coming years?
I am looking forward to bringing an operational and international
perspective. We also look forward to bringing an expanded relationship with the
clinical and provider communities. Healthcare is moving from an age of foundational
IT, which is a critical part of HIMSS’ identity, to a new era of information
based on the technical foundation. With all the investments that have gone into
IT we now have a platform by which we can utilise the information being
captured and impact the clinical, consumer, patient and administrative
components of the health eco-system. I think that’s the next phase we’re moving
towards and I hope my experience will lend to that, both my domestic and
I’ve been very fortunate through the years to have high-profile
opportunities to contribute to health IT, from being CIO in in the initial
stages of application development to thinking through both the business
architecture and impact of large-scale systems. Not just at Kaiser Permanente,
but in the UK, Australia, Denmark, full end-to-end country developments,
thinking about the impact both information and technology have on daily lives
and all the way up through the policies necessary to support innovation.
healthcare sector kept pace with other industries in terms of taking advantage
of the benefits of ICT? What are the
major trends and opportunities/ threats that you see in the area of healthcare
transformation in the context of ICT?
Number of industries have been transforming – automotive,
banking, retail and travel to name a few.
Healthcare has been behind the curve
of transformation not because healthcare has been stubborn but due to the
nature of healthcare as an appropriately risk concerned environment.
Additionally, healthcare had the model of a
local entities not always connected with other systems or organisations around
them. But now healthcare has grown into
larger scale operations. In short, rapid or aggressive innovation has not been
comfortable or necessarily required as it is now. But healthcare can learn from other
Look at automotive – the industry shares
information to better serve the consumer and provide products based on
identified customer needs. Automotive
uses advanced analytics to understand performance, auto makers look at
segmentation analysis to understand the consumer’s needs and what products
should be develop. Car makers share supply chain information. Look at how the
banking industry has transformed by delivering information to the consumer when
they want it and how they want it. They have taken information and applied to
new technologies (mobile banking, for example) to help transform how the
industry interacts with the consumer – which allows the banking industry to
continue to grow and prosper.
Finally, if you examine how retail and travel
have transformed, those industries have looked at the extenders of information
and technology to gain a greater understanding of the consumer and therefore
being able to provide consumer-focused solutions to then lead to an industry
In terms of opportunities and threats,
healthcare needs to be prepared for and be able to address the Silver Tsunami
of retiring baby boomers and the economic challenges that healthcare is facing.
This is where our focus needs to be immediately as are headed toward
significant impacts on our systems within the next 5 to 10 years.
The opportunity for the industry and for HIMSS,
is to understand how we can use information and technology to provide care for
our aging population as well as be able to meet the economic demand being faced
by healthcare. We need to understand how
to take care of a population who is living longer, with more chronic disease—
often due to living longer, and understand that treatment will extend beyond
the clinic or the hospital walls. That is where information and technology can
play a role. Relationship of connectivity to the patient and the provider is what
we need to manage and grow.
Finally, we have to recognise that changes are
coming at us very fast—systems will be overwhelmed very quickly. We need to build a culture of healthcare to
innovate faster than ever before.
clinicians complaining sometimes that digital solutions are adding to their
workload, instead of making their work easier. What are the reasons for this
disconnect and how can this be resolved?
Without question a number of systems, starting
with EMRs, are adding to the workload, often asking clinicians for more
information and input than with paper. Additionally, we often hear of alert
fatigue. A lot of these issues are tied
up in configuration management of the system and can be addressed within the
I think the bigger question for all clinicians
is to understand what the extra data input or care management workflow/pathway
requirements are gaining for their practice and patient short and long term. EMRs
are tools and it’s very important to use the tool to benefit and thus be clear
on the value add.
many years of experience in the industry, what kind of roles do you think that
governments can play in the digital transformation of healthcare services, as
regulators, facilitators or providers of healthcare?
Nearly all governments play a role in digital
transformation through one or more of the three you mentioned. I would also add that governments must play a
role in sponsoring innovation and investment in digital care capabilities. It’s
a large responsibility due to the impact health has on a general population,
productivity, overall citizens expectations and of course national budgets. Digital transformation helps set the course
for countries to support the changing demands of healthcare and health. It is to that end that governments are
picking and choosing where to engage based on their own needs and timelines.
and security of patient data/information are integral aspects in the
development of integrated healthcare systems, and often are quite challenging
to tackle and address for healthcare providers around the world, especially
when they have to deal with existing legacy systems. What do you think are some
ways healthcare providers could approach revamping or updating healthcare systems?
Could you give us some examples? What role can HIMSS play in this?
needs to go hand in hand with interoperability. The reality is one has to
complement the other for very obvious reasons. If I’m creating an environment
where information can, will and needs to be exchanged—not just in bulk, but
transactionally as well, in order to get the right information to the right
person or clinician at the right time—it has to be done in a secure manner. I
think it’s a critical dependency. Both security and interoperability are critical
focal points of HIMSS in support of global healthcare. Think about any critical
use of technology, use of information, whether it’s in the home, whether it’s
in an ICU, a hospital bed, a virtual setting, between providers or whether it’s
on your device; interoperability and security have to go hand in hand for ease
of secure access of information.
line is that organisations need secure solutions to connect their platforms
across the eco-system.
multiple steps in securing legacy environments.
First and foremost is understanding the network that the health systems
have built. Is the network itself secure
with adequate firewalls and protocols for the exchange of information both
internally and externally? Understand
the impact of devices that need network connectivity and internal integration
and insure that they are deployed in a secure fashion.
have used white hat hackers to test their network platform to find the
vulnerabilities before the black hats take a run. Finally, be focused on using applications and
capabilities that meet international standards of interoperability and this will
work well with each other through for secure data exchange.
to support, innovate and encourage the use of interoperability standards on a
global basis. We convene experts and
conduct webinars on security on a regular basis and are happy to work with
systems to help evaluate their innovation and interoperability needs.
2015, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) completed Project OneCare,
overhauled its legacy systems and implemented a fully integrated system with
one record for each patient and a single source of truth within a “4-less”
Environment: Chartless, Scriptless, Filmless, Paperless. The hospital
interfaced 976 devices directly with the EMR system Real Time Location System
(RTLS) tracking of inpatient and critical assets across the 3 hospital towers
HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7, the first in Singapore to do so.
this, the legacy systems from its earlier holding site at Alexandra Hospital
comprised many disparate data sources and multiple interfaces which could not
provide care providers with a single view of patient records. In addition, some
applications had complicated order entry screens, limited clinical
documentation capabilities and inadequate analytical capabilities. There was
also limited device integration.
increased pressure for healthcare providers worldwide to create better and more
customised services for clients/patients while working with very limited
resources. How can healthcare providers balance between adding value for
patients while maintaining good financial growth and profitability?
We live in a consumer-oriented world and the
demands on healthcare to be more segmented toward different patient groups and
to be more user friendly will only go up.
Providers need to find the opportunities and innovations that allow the
connectivity for patients/consumers that both address the need for personalisation
as well as meet financial pressures.
This is where digital health and corresponding
process innovations in care come into play.
There are many in the growing market and I believe clinicians are seeing
better values by the day. Deploying them
judiciously into the daily process will remain the difference between success
Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Defence, Heng Chee How, and Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information and Health, Dr Janil Puthucheary, recently visited the Critical Infrastructure Defence Exercise (CIDeX) 2023, underscoring the government’s commitment to fortifying national cybersecurity.
The exercise, held at the National University of Singapore School of Computing, witnessed over 200 participants engaging in operational technology (OT) critical infrastructure defence training.
Organised by the Digital and Intelligence Service (DIS) and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA), with support from iTrust/SUTD and the National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory (NCL), CIDeX 2023 marked a collaborative effort to enhance Whole-Of-Government (WoG) cyber capabilities. The exercise focused on detecting and countering cyber threats to both Information Technology (IT) and OT networks governing critical infrastructure sectors.
This year’s edition boasted participation from DIS, CSA, and 24 other national agencies across six Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) sectors. With an expanded digital infrastructure comprising six enterprise IT networks and three new OT testbeds, participants operated on six OT testbeds within key sectors—power, water, telecom, and aviation.
CIDeX 2023 featured Blue Teams, composed of national agency participants serving as cyber defenders, defending their digital infrastructure against simulated cyber-attacks launched by a composite Red Team comprising DIS, CSA, DSTA, and IMDA personnel. The exercises simulated attacks on both IT and OT networks, including scenarios such as overloading an airport substation, disrupting water distribution, and shutting down a gas plant.
The exercise provided a platform for participants to hone their technical competencies, enhance collaboration, and share expertise across agencies. Before CIDeX, participants underwent a five-day hands-on training programme at the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF)’s Cyber Defence Test and Evaluation Centre (CyTEC) at Stagmont Camp, ensuring readiness for cyber defence challenges.
On the sidelines of CIDeX 2023, the DIS solidified cyber collaboration by signing Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with key technology sector partners, expanding its partnerships beyond the earlier agreement with Microsoft earlier in the year.
Senior Minister Heng emphasised the importance of inter-agency cooperation, stating, “CIDeX is a platform where we bring together many agencies throughout the government to come together to learn how to defend together.” He highlighted the collective effort involving 26 agencies and over 200 participants, acknowledging the significance of unity in cybersecurity.
Dr Janil echoed this sentiment, emphasising CIDeX’s role in the Whole-of-Government (WoG) cyber defence effort. He remarked, “Defending Singapore’s cyberspace is not an easy task, and it is a team effort.”
He commended the strong partnership between the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and the Digital and Intelligence Service, recognising the exercise as a crucial element in strengthening the nation’s digital resilience and national cybersecurity posture.
By leveraging collaboration, innovation, and a robust defence strategy, Singapore aims not just to protect its critical infrastructure but to set a global standard in cybersecurity practices.
CIDeX 2023 serves as a compelling embodiment of Singapore’s unwavering dedication to maintaining a leadership position in cybersecurity practices. This strategic exercise underscores the nation’s commitment to cultivating collaboration and fortifying its resilience against continually evolving cyber threats.
Beyond a training ground for sharpening the skills of cyber defenders, CIDeX 2023 encapsulates the government’s profound commitment to adopting a robust, collaborative, and forward-thinking approach to safeguarding the integrity and security of the nation’s critical infrastructure in the dynamic landscape of the digital age.
The Cyberport Entrepreneurship Programmes’ 20th Anniversary Celebration and Graduation Ceremony was a major event attended by notable personalities, distinguished guests and budding innovators.
Cyberport is Hong Kong’s digital technology flagship and incubator for entrepreneurship with over 2,000 members including over 900 onsite and close to 1,100 offsite start-ups and technology companies. It is managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited, wholly owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government.
With a vision to become Hong Kong’s digital technology hub and stimulate a fresh economic impetus, Cyberport is dedicated to cultivating a dynamic tech environment. This commitment involves nurturing talent, encouraging youth entrepreneurship, aiding startups, fostering industry growth through strategic partnerships with local and international entities, and driving digital transformation across public and private sectors, bridging new and traditional economies.
Professor Sun Dong, the Secretary for Innovation, Technology, and Industry, Hong Kong highlighted Cyberport’s incredible journey and the achievements of its vibrant community. Expressing his delight in commemorating Cyberport’s two-decade-long legacy, he emphasised the institution’s pivotal role as an ICT powerhouse in Hong Kong.
From its humble beginnings to its present stature, Cyberport has emerged as a catalyst for innovation, nurturing over 2,000 technology companies and startups and showcasing an exponential growth rate over the past five years.
Cyberport’s community has attracted a staggering US$38 billion of investment, marking its significance as an ICT flagship in Hong Kong. The establishment takes pride in its contribution to nurturing numerous innovative ideas and fostering dynamic business ventures, with seven notable unicorns in fintech, smart living, and digital entertainment sectors.
Cyberport excelled at the prestigious Hong Kong ICT Awards, with 25 startups securing 28 accolades, including the esteemed Award of the Year. This achievement showcased the institution’s exceptional calibre and innovation prowess nurtured within its ecosystem.
Acknowledging the pivotal role of startups in Cyberport’s success story, Professor Sun Dong shared how these young enterprises, often starting with a simple idea at a small table, grow in tandem with Cyberport’s support. The institution provides not just financial aid but also a nurturing environment where entrepreneurs can leverage extensive networks, collaborative spaces, and expert guidance to cultivate their ideas into commercial successes.
The graduation of more than 200 startups from the Entrepreneurship Programme stood as a testament to Cyberport’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurial talent. This initiative empowers startups to translate their ideas into tangible commercial solutions and market breakthroughs, laying the foundation for their future success.
Looking ahead, Professor Sun Dong outlined Cyberport’s exciting plans, including the upcoming expansion block slated for completion in two years, aimed at providing additional space for the community’s development. He also highlighted Cyberport’s initiative to establish the Artificial Intelligence Supercomputing Centre, a pioneering endeavour set to commence in 2024, envisioned to be a pioneering and substantial facility in Hong Kong.
Cyberport’s extraordinary journey showcases significant achievements while charting a promising future, embodying the core values of innovation, collaboration, and collective growth.
Professor Sun expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government, acknowledging their hard work and contributions to the tech ecosystem emphasising the importance of collective participation for a better future.
The vibrant success of events like the Cyberport Venture Capital Forum 2023 resonates with Cyberport’s commitment to fostering innovation and collaboration, further cementing its role as a catalyst for technological advancement and entrepreneurial growth in Hong Kong.
The Cyberport Venture Capital Forum (CVCF) 2023 saw a turnout of over 2,500 participants during its two-day hybrid event. Themed “Venture Forward: Game Changing through Innovation,” the forum convened 80 global visionary venture experts, entrepreneurial pioneers, and influential thinkers. With more than 120,000 page views and over 300 fundraising meetings facilitated, it solidified its position as a pivotal platform fostering networking and collaborative opportunities.
In a significant stride towards technological innovation and sustainable development, the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) have joined forces to revolutionise India’s construction and wastewater treatment sectors.
This pioneering collaboration under the “Access to Knowledge for Technology Development and Dissemination (A2K+) Studies” Scheme of DSIR is aimed at aligning with India’s Smart Cities Mission and its ambitious commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2070.
DSIR’s allocation of two crucial research studies to TERI signifies a pivotal step in bridging the informational gap on advanced building materials, designs for energy efficiency, and the assessment of membrane-based sewage wastewater treatment systems for reuse and recycling.
A significant milestone in this partnership was marked by a high-profile Stakeholder Consultant Meeting held at the prestigious India Habitat Center in New Delhi. Attended by key decision-makers, esteemed experts from academia, industry leaders, and policymakers, this event became a platform for insightful discussions and collaborations.
Dr Sujata Chaklanobis, Scientist ‘G’ and Head of A2K+ Studies at DSIR, emphasised the importance of promoting industrial research for indigenous technology development, utilisation, and transfer in her address. Her words underscored the crucial role of research and innovation in fostering sustainable technological advancements.
Mr Sanjay Seth, Senior Director of TERI’s Sustainable Infrastructure Programme highlighted India’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2070. He stressed the imperative integration of cutting-edge technologies and innovative designs in buildings to significantly reduce energy consumption, a key step towards a sustainable, low-carbon future.
The first session of the consultation centred on leveraging emerging technologies and innovative solutions for advanced building design to enhance energy efficiency. Experts from various domains provided insightful suggestions and information, fostering dialogue on energy-efficient building designs and sustainable construction practices.
The second session delved into the current status and prospects of membrane technologies in India for sewage treatment. Insights from academia, including professors from prestigious institutions, shed light on research gaps and opportunities for commercialisation in the domain of membrane-based technologies.
Industry experts also provided valuable perspectives on the current membrane market, innovations, and opportunities, creating a comprehensive understanding of the landscape and paving the way for future developments.
The amalgamation of insights from academia, industry, and end-users enriched the discussions, providing a roadmap for future innovation and development in these critical sectors. The event culminated with a commitment from both DSIR and TERI to embark on an innovation journey, heralding a sustainable and resilient future for India.
The DSIR-TERI collaborative consultation stands as a beacon of transformative progress in advancing sustainable building practices and sewage treatment technologies. It underscores the power of partnership in driving technological evolution for a more sustainable tomorrow.
India’s ambitions intertwine technological progress with a steadffast commitment to sustainability, envisioning a future where innovation not only drives economic growth but also champions environmental stewardship.
Through strategic initiatives and cooperation, India aims to leverage cutting-edge technologies to address pressing global challenges, ensuring a harmonious balance between technological advancement, environmental preservation, and societal well-being.
NITI Aayog, in collaboration with CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, initiated the India Australia Rapid Innovation and Startup Expansion (RISE) Accelerator under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) to bolster circular economy startups from both countries, fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-Kanpur) and the African-Asian Rural Development Organisation (AARDO) jointly organised an international training programme, focused on exploring the application of nanotechnology in promoting plant growth and crop protection for sustainable agriculture.
According to an IIT-Kanpur statement, the programme served as a forum for experts from diverse fields to discuss and deliberate on solutions to meet the urgent global challenge of achieving food security and promoting sustainability in agriculture.
The Indonesian government actively strives to implement thematic Bureaucratic Reform (RB) directly addressing societal issues. Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reform (PANRB) Abdullah Azwar Anas emphasised that innovation is one way to realise impactful bureaucracy.
To create impactful bureaucracy through innovation, the PANRB Ministry, which oversees public services, encourages local governments to replicate innovations through the Public Service Innovation Replication Forum (FRIPP). This is done to expand the reach of inventions and make them an integral part of the Bureaucratic Reform effort. The PANRB Ministry, as the overseer of public services, pays special attention to the steps local governments take in implementing innovations in public service delivery.
The Public Service Innovation Replication Forum (FRIPP) is a platform for local governments to share and discuss their experiences adopting specific innovations. By sharing best practices and learnings, local governments can gain valuable insights to enhance the quality of public services at the local level.
Furthermore, Abdullah Azwar Anas emphasised that inter-government collaboration is critical to building an innovative and positively impactful bureaucracy. “Through FRIPP, we encourage local governments to inspire and adopt innovations that have proven to provide real benefits to the community,” said Minister Abdullah Azwar Anas.
As previously reported by OpenGov Asia, the PANRB Ministry, along with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Administrative Agency (LAN), successfully launched the National Public Service Innovation Network (JIPPNas) website as a knowledge management system and the national database for public service innovations.
JIPPNas represents a concrete step in building an innovation ecosystem at the national level. This platform allows local governments to share ideas, projects, and innovative solutions in delivering public services. With this platform, other local governments can easily access and adopt innovations, accelerating the spread of best practices.
“Therefore, the presence of JIPPNas is expected to be an effort to grow new public service models through collaboration to achieve the future government,” said Minister Abdullah Azwar Anas.
In the discourse of Future Government, Minister Abdullah Azwar Anas outlined four main focus areas of the Thematic Bureaucratic Reform, which serve as the foundation for ambitious goals: poverty alleviation, increased investment, digitisation of government administration, and accelerating the current President’s priorities. Emphasis on these areas is crucial to ensuring that the bureaucracy is an effective and efficient driving force in realising the government’s vision and mission.
Minister Anas stressed the importance of a prime bureaucratic condition as a foundation to achieve the desired goals. Like a machine that must be well-maintained, the bureaucracy is directed to be able to drive the “vehicle” of the government towards the desired direction. Thus, the success of implementing the Thematic Bureaucratic Reform involves not only structural transformation but also upholding the quality and readiness of the bureaucracy as the primary driver of development.
Addressing Future Governance or Governance 5.0, Minister Anas detailed a significant paradigm shift. The “government regulating society” transitions to “Government working together with society,” or more precisely, considering society as a partner. This concept marks an evolution in how the government interacts with society, creating closer and more inclusive collaboration.
The importance of support from strategic partners such as Indonesia Infrastructure Project Governance (IIPG) is also highlighted. As a supporter of public governance reform, IIPG significantly contributes to maintaining synergy and harmonisation of roles across multi-sectors, both from the private and public sectors. This synergy is crucial in maintaining optimal performance and achieving public governance reform goals.
In line with the paradigm shift and focus on reform, these steps mark the government’s severe efforts to build a foundation for an adaptive, responsive, and actively engaged Future Government. Thematic Bureaucratic Reform is not just about structural transformation but also an effort to create a governance ecosystem capable of meeting the challenges and demands of the times effectively and competitively.
The Chief Dental Officer of the Ministry of Health (MOH), Associate Prof Chng Chai Kiat highlighted their role in fostering collaboration, exploring innovation and propelling oral health into the future. Digitalisation, a key element of this transformation, takes centre stage providing a vibrant space for scientists to delve into technological advancements shaping the future of oral health.
Over the next few days, 60 local and international speakers will unravel cutting-edge technologies, artificial intelligence (AI), digital dentistry, biomaterials, orofacial devices, therapeutics, and more.
Oral diseases, affecting 3.5 billion globally, not only compromise health but also pose a substantial economic burden. In Singapore, the 2019/2020 National Adult Oral Health Survey revealed high prevalence rates, emphasising the need for effective strategies.
Assoc Prof Chng underlined the significance of oral health surveillance studies, crucial for policymaking and health system planning, while research becomes a driver for innovation in delivering quality oral care.
Population health takes precedence, aligning with Singapore’s healthcare reform through the Healthier SG initiative. The ageing population becomes a focal point, prompting the need for preventive care to ensure good oral health. Population oral health studies become instrumental in understanding responses to interventions across generations, contributing to effective policymaking.
A notable endeavour is the SG70 cohort study, “Towards Healthy Longevity,” integrating oral health research into mainstream public health initiatives. Led by the National University of Singapore, it examines the effects of biological, lifestyle, and socioeconomic factors on healthy ageing. A representative sample of 3,000 Singaporeans aged 70 and older will be followed for the next 10 to 15 years.
Digital dentistry solutions take a leap forward with the ongoing development of a clinically integrated workflow to produce removable partial dentures efficiently. Spearheaded by SingHealth-Duke NUS Medical School, this research proposal employs 3D dental prosthesis printing, biomaterials, and regenerative dentistry, catering to the oral needs of an ageing population.
Industry collaboration has become integral, and a noteworthy example is the development of an antiseptic mouth rinse with anti-viral properties. Originating during the COVID-19 pandemic, the study by the National Dental Centre Singapore has successfully partnered with a homegrown oral care brand, showcasing a synergy between oral health research expertise and industry knowledge.
Digital dentistry solutions have revolutionised dental practices by offering precision, efficiency, and enhanced patient experiences. Utilising advanced technologies such as intraoral scanners and CAD/CAM systems, these solutions ensure precise measurements and accurate diagnoses.
Digital workflows streamline traditional processes, significantly reducing chair time and enabling same-day restorations. This benefits practitioners in terms of time efficiency and enhances the overall patient experience, as digital impressions replace traditional materials, providing a more comfortable and less intrusive procedure.
Customisation and aesthetics are paramount in modern dentistry, and digital tools like CAD/CAM systems allow for the creation of highly customised dental prosthetics tailored to individual patient anatomy. The precise colour-matching capabilities of digital technologies contribute to restorations that closely resemble natural teeth, achieving superior aesthetic outcomes.
Additionally, improved communication between dental professionals is facilitated through digital platforms, enabling seamless collaboration on multidisciplinary cases. The ease of sharing digital records with laboratories, specialists, and other team members fosters better coordination in delivering comprehensive patient care.
Beyond the immediate benefits, digital dentistry offers long-term advantages such as cost-effectiveness, as reduced material costs and increased efficiency offset initial investments.
The accessibility and secure storage of digital patient records contribute to better continuity of care, while ongoing technological advancements, including the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing, ensure that dental practices remain at the forefront of emerging trends.
Hence, digital dentistry has become an essential component of modern dental care, providing practitioners with tools to deliver high-quality, patient-centred services in a technologically advanced environment.
Union Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Electronics & IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, spoke at two influential tech events: the Indian Express Digifraud & Safety Summit 2023 and YourStory Techsparks’23. His engagements centred around India’s technological advancements, regulatory policies, and the nation’s promising future in the global tech landscape.
At these tech summits, Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar outlined India’s ambitious technological trajectory, reinforcing the government’s dedication to fostering innovation, ensuring a safe digital environment, and harnessing the transformative power of technology for the nation’s progress.
Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar articulated India’s journey in artificial intelligence (AI) and emphasised the government’s commitment to fostering innovation and the startup ecosystem. He expressed the government’s profound interest in further boosting India’s burgeoning startup landscape.
Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar noted India’s transition from an unrestricted, eternally optimistic view of technology and the internet to a more nuanced approach. He highlighted the government’s aim to strike a balance between fostering innovation and growth while guaranteeing distinct rights for digital citizens.
The Minister emphasised the evolution from the phase of transforming India to the concept of ‘New India’ and now envisions witnessing the emergence of ‘Viksit Bharat’. He expanded on India’s transformation which resonated with the Prime Minister’s vision to raise India to a developed nation status, aiming to elevate the nation to the position of the world’s third-largest economy.
Highlighting the government’s initiatives, Minister Chandrasekhar stated, “Our focus is on startups, innovation, and funding, creating a computing infrastructure. In January, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi agreed to establish a significant amount of GPU capacity in India for startups to access and bring forth their innovation and foundational models.”
He advocated for decentralising the startup landscape, encouraging the emergence of successful ventures from various regions across India. “We want unicorns and successful startups to come from Meerut, Ghaziabad, Kohima, Srinagar, Kottayam, Belgaum, Dharwad, Visakhapatnam, Nagpur, and beyond,” he asserted, confirming the nation’s commitment to fostering innovation in diverse cities.
Addressing concerns about internet regulation and safety, the Minister explained the government’s evolved approach, focusing on ensuring safety and trust for digital citizens while holding platforms accountable. He clarified that “safety and trust are not for the Government; rather, they are initiatives aimed at safeguarding the vast majority of Digital Nagriks”.
Reflecting on his participation in the UK AI Summit, Minister Chandrasekhar underscored India’s commitment to a safe and trusted internet, aligning with the government’s guiding principles since 2021.
“We want the internet to be safe and trusted; it is an article of faith. We also aim for platforms to be legally accountable,” he reiterated.
He highlighted the need to embrace AI’s potential while managing risks, warning against a narrative that diminishes its innovation. The Minister emphasised that avoiding the overshadowing of AI’s benefits by its perceived risks is crucial for the digital economy and the populace.
“We don’t seek to demonise AI; rather, it’s vital to maintain a balance so that the discourse on its risks doesn’t eclipse its potential advantages,” he explains, clarifying India’s approach to artificial intelligence.
OpenGov Asia provided coverage of India’s expanding global influence, highlighting the country’s leadership roles across diverse international platforms. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced the Global Digital Public Infrastructure Repository (GDPIR) and a Social Impact Fund (SIF). The GDPIR will be used for sharing information and best practices and the SIF is designed to advance Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI).
He unveiled the schemes during the Virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit. Chaired by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the G20 Digital Economy Working Group (DEWG) has played a key role in progressing the global DPI agenda.
The proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) technology has experienced rapid and widespread growth across various sectors. This phenomenon reflects massive adoption, making it easier for humans to meet their diverse needs. In this context, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) demands the existence of good guidelines and ethics for humans, thus emphasising the importance of responsible and ethical practices in harnessing this technology.
In Indonesia alone, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has supported using cutting-edge technology to compete globally. The Vice Minister, Nezar Patria, stated that the Circular Guidelines (SE) for AI Usage would help the innovations of the nation’s youths. According to him, Indonesians have made numerous discoveries in various industries, but only a few of them have integrated AI into their findings.
The Thick Blood Smear Microphotograph CAD Malaria system is an example of such integration. This is a breakthrough in the healthcare industry that focuses on the diagnosis of Malaria, which is prevalent, especially in the eastern part of Indonesia. In this innovative system, artificial intelligence significantly contributes to the efficiency of diagnostic processes, providing more accurate results and enabling faster and more effective treatment for patients infected with Malaria. Using three diagnostic methods to identify plasmodium parasites in the blood facilitates healthcare providers in obtaining comprehensive information and insights into malaria patients.
According to Nezar Patria, the guidelines for using AI represent a strategic step to ensure the continued relevance of this latest technology ecosystem, aligning with global innovation growth. Given its significant impact on international technological and economic development, he emphasised the importance of keeping pace with global developments in AI usage.
Nezar Patria emphasised that AI policies must always align with global dynamics so that Indonesia can ensure its optimal position in developing and utilising this technology. Their main focus is on determining Indonesia’s positioning in the context of AI development and utilisation, which will directly impact the sectors to be developed domestically.
Additionally, Nezar Patria highlighted that aligning with global developments in AI usage can open up broader collaboration opportunities between Indonesia and other countries. This collaboration may involve exchanging knowledge, experiences, and resources that will enrich Indonesia’s perspective in facing the challenges and opportunities arising from the development of AI technology.
At the same time, Nezar Patria discussed issues related to artificial intelligence and ethical values. There, he gathered several suggestions and recommendations from stakeholders regarding the development and use of AI, emphasising that the ecosystem’s regulations should be transparent, accountable, and fair while adhering to human-centric and explainability principles.
Nezar Patria highlighted the need for a comprehensive response to the potential challenges and risks of artificial intelligence (AI). In this framework, the government, developers, and AI providers from the public and private sectors need to support educational efforts to enhance understanding of AI, especially given its significant social implications.
The Circular on AI Ethics is considered a crucial instrument to provide comprehensive guidance in addressing regulatory compliance and responsibility needs among AI developers or providers. Nezar Patria emphasised that appropriate regulations must be implemented to provide clarity and certainty. This is to ensure that the Circular on AI Ethics can be a ready-to-use guide for stakeholders in the AI ecosystem, particularly in responding to the evolving dynamics of AI.
Nezar Patria asserted that the Circular on AI Ethics is not just a normative document but also a concrete step to enforce regulatory compliance and assume social responsibility. With clear regulations, stakeholders in the AI ecosystem can effectively adopt this guide, making it a practical guideline ready for use in developing and utilising AI technology.
“Appropriate regulations will provide legal certainty and a solid foundation for AI industry players. Thus, the Circular on AI Ethics becomes a normative instrument and an effective tool to achieve the compliance and responsibility required in using artificial intelligence,” he concluded.