Taking Charge of Health – Shifting Care from Doctors to Individuals

Published on : 21-Feb-2013
21-Mar-2013 - 21-Mar-2013 1630hrs - 1915hrs

VENUE : Changi General Hospital Auditorium (Level 1, Training Centre), 2 Simei Street 3, Singapore 529889

Contact Information :


Dr. Alexander Wong

Senior Officer, H&L, A*STAR



Ms. Baoyi Cai

Executive, Innovation, EH Alliance



In an age of rising healthcare costs and an ageing population, there is a need to re-define the existing doctor-patient paradigm to deliver care that is continuous, customised, and convenient. Innovative technologies and systems that encourage patient engagement are paramount to shifting care from the doctor to the individual. This jointly-organised A*STAR Biomedical Engineering Programme (BEP) MedTech Forum with Eastern Health Alliance (EH Alliance) brings together clinicians, allied health professionals, scientists, engineers and industry to network and engage one another for potential collaborations that would address today’s clinical needs.


Dr. J. Benjamin Crocker is the Associate Medical Director of the Ambulatory Practice of the Future (APF) at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.  After completing his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center, he joined MGH in 2001 as a staff primary care physician and served 9 years with Internal Medicine Associates, MGH's largest teaching primary care practice.  In 2010 Dr. Crocker launched APF's first clinical team and has been intimately involved in program and operational development. 

APF is an innovative new approach to primary care delivered by highly collaborative teams, with the patient as an active participant. This proactive partnership between patients and caregivers focuses on wellness and prevention in addition to acute and chronic care, and explores the application of technologies to encourage patient engagement and effective clinical care.  APF’s development has been supported by the MGH, the Mass General Physicians Organization (MGPO), the Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT).

Dr. Crocker's keynote address is "Chronic Disease Prevention: The Power of Team, Technology, and Patient Engagement."  In this address, he will discuss essential elements of clinical team work and patient engagement in the management and prevention of chronic disease, and how technology will continue to play a crucial role in this work.


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