Ep23: Precision Public Health: A Recap of the 2023 ASEAN Summit

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Ep23: Precision Public Health: A Recap of the 2023 ASEAN Summit

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August 9, 2023

Ep23: Precision Public Health: A Recap of the 2023 ASEAN Summit

Health systems are faced with many choices when it comes to population health.  Increasing costs for sick care, decisions on which innovations they can approve and afford, and evolving medical practices in both prevention and treatment which can challenge existing regulatory norms.


In this episode, I speak with Clive Tan, a Founding Member of Precision Public Health Asia Society to discuss how their work is serving to harmonise the decisions the ASEAN region is making to improve population health. The Society recently held their biennial event in Singapore, including esteemed speakers including Singapore’s Minister of Health Ye Kun Ong.


During this podcast Clive and I discuss:

  • The definition of “precision public health” and how it has evolved over the past decade
  • Singapore’s HealthierSG programme
  • How economic growth in ASEAN countries is impacting public health priorities
  • Main takeaways from the leadership forum in terms of country development and collaboration opportunities
  • The regulatory opportunities discussed at the leadership forum


About Clive Tan

Clive Tan is a medical doctor and Public Health specialist with close to two decades of clinical and leadership experience in the healthcare sector. As Assistant Chief of Group Integrated Care (Population Health) in the National Healthcare Group, he is responsible for strategic planning for integrated care and population health efforts for the 1.5 million residents in the Central-North region of Singapore. His work in care integration incorporates value-based care, behavioral change incentives, payment models, healthcare quality and digitalization – with a strong emphasis on place-based care and relationship-based care. He holds a MBBS from Singapore and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University, along with certificates in Gerontology, Humanitarian Assistance and Health Informatics (AMIA). He is also an Atlantic Fellow in the Equity Initiative Programme, which works in South-East Asia to reduce health inequities. Together with the National University of Singapore’s School of Public Health and the Precision Public Health Asia Society, he recently published the White Paper on Responsible Data Sharing in Health and Healthcare in May 2022, which outlines useful and practical steps that stakeholders can take to build a more progressive state of data sharing in the health sector. He is a Founding Member of the Precision Public Health Asia Society, and was the organizing chairperson for the Precision Public Health Asia Conference, held in Singapore in July 2023. He is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore’s School of Public Health where he teaches healthcare management, digital health and data sharing in health.

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