Global Challenge Lab: Deep-Dive into Access to Healthcare with Hong Wa Poon

Saturday 17 July, 2pm -2.45pm BST
Digital Innovation: A high degree of access to healthcare improves people’s overall health status and decreases health inequalities.
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Digital Innovation: A high degree of access to healthcare improves people’s overall health status and decreases health inequalities.

About this event

Join Hong Wa Poon, Senior Digital Scout at Boehringer Ingelheim. The second deep dive on access to healthcare focuses on digital innovations of access to healthcare. These include at-home monitoring, smart devices, telemedicine and federated learning approaches to name a few. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the inequalities in our healthcare systems. Inequalities around diagnosis and access to drugs and treatments persist; citizens are not all benefiting equally from universal healthcare services. A high degree of access to healthcare improves people’s overall health status, prolongs life expectancy and decreases health inequalities.

About Hong: Hong is one of the digital scouts of the newly established Digital Lab (BIX) of Boehringer Ingelheim in China. BIX is a unit that scouts, ideates, initiates and builds cutting-edge digital solutions for BI’s business sectors and beyond. Within BIX in China, Hong is leading the scouting services where he explores latest tech trends and insights as well as opportunities to collaboration. Before this, he worked for the innovation unit of Merckgroup and built up the Accelerator program in Germany and it’s expansion to China to foster and strengthen Merck’s innovation power through scouting and connecting startups worldwide with internal colleagues.

He is a Mechanical Engineer by training and holds a M.Sc. from RWTH Aachen and Tsinghua University as well as an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs.

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