Summary of talk:
The world is experiencing a tremendous demographic shift. Thanks to rapid economic growth, technological advancements, and improved standards of living, people are living longer and better than ever before. Demand for high quality and affordable healthcare is growing significantly yet remains out of reach for many. Meanwhile, there is increasing interest in innovation that reaches across sectors, taking inspiration from the unlikeliest of places.
Health market opportunities will be driven by progressively innovative technologies and an interdisciplinary approach. There is strong demand for entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds to explore new territories and create unique, integrated solutions. However, turning opportunities into sustainable business is far from easy. Healthcare is a complex, diverse, and highly regulated field seemingly slow to change. Innovation in healthcare needs high levels of participation and collaboration, not only between healthcare providers, but also from academia, multinational corporations, development organizations, investors, and startups. Innovation in healthcare needs an ecosystem with all related partners involved. Health Futures Innovation Platform is such a program to build a health innovation ecosystem in both China and around Asia.
As the flagship program of ACCESS Health China, Health Futures Innovation Platform was launched in 2017 to meet the needs of cross industry, cross border, and interdisciplinary collaborations among our partners. We believe the future health system will shift from a currently hospital centered service model to a patient centered, high quality, affordable, and accessible care model. Within the platform, we facilitate the growth of innovative institutions and innovative projects to propel the progress of the healthcare industry. We also launched tailored programs in three focus areas of aging, digital health and healthcare and finance.
Chang Liu is the Managing Director for ACCESS Health Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Dr. Chang Liu is the author of annual Singapore health system update published by the Commonwealth Foundation and London School of Economics. He is an author of the Epilogue to Affordable Excellence, which documents the progress toward sustainable high quality healthcare in Singapore during 2013 and 2014. He also works with Dr. William Haseltine on the book A City for All Ages which documents Singapore’s aging planning process. He is involved in the designing and supervising ACCESS Health and aging related projects in Southeast Asia and Greater China.
In addition to his work with ACCESS Health, Chang Liu has adjunct professorship in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Duke Kunshan University. Before that, Chang worked as an assistant professor in Health Services and Systems Research at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and the Center for Ageing and Education at Duke-NUS. He also participates in several projects on aging in Singapore, including large scale national surveys and intervention programs. He worked at the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown University, where he studied long term care and elder care policies in both the United States and China. He earned his PhD in Health Services Research (2013) from Brown University with a specialization in health economics. He was awarded the eXebs Friedrich J. Schoening International Scholarship and was named an eXebs Fellow during his exchange study at the European Business School, Germany. He also received a Master's degree in Finance (2009) from the Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, China.