Digital healthcare hub established in Singapore

German science and technology company Merck has established its first digital hub in Singapore with the aim of supporting advancements within healthcare.

The hub is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), with the EDB’s senior vice president and head of healthcare Wan Yee Goh sharing hopes that the digital hub will “enrich our local ecosystem and help advance digital innovation and talent across healthcare, semiconductor and artificial intelligence. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Merck, spearheading more impactful collaborations that can drive the development of new solutions from Singapore, and the creation of good job opportunities for Singaporeans.”

The hub will bring together Syntropy, a tech company specialising in healthcare data governance, and Athinia, providers of a data analytics platform designed to bring suppliers together to share and analyse data. It is hoped that these platforms will “help unlock efficiencies” through “secure AI-enabled data flow”.

Laura Matz, Merck’s chief science and technology officer, comments: “Singapore’s strong commitment to digital innovation and adoption has provided a substantial advantage to various sectors, including health tech and semiconductors.” She added that the digital hub will help to leverage “secure data collaboration ecosystems” with the initiative “set to spearhead innovation and foster collaborative technology integration, not only in Singapore but also on a global scale.”

In other news from Singapore, we reported that the Philips Future Health Index 2023 placed Singapore’s health sector “at the forefront of digital tech” with regards to workforce, efficiency and sustainability; read more here.