Dr Jason Yap
Chief, Health Information & Innovation
Agency for Integrated Care
MBBS, MMed (Public Health)
FAMS, MBA (Information Systems)
A public health physician and healthcare executive with more than twenty-three years clinical, operational and management experience in healthcare. Formally trained and accredited as a medical doctor and public health physician, and cross-trained in business management and information technology.
He currently serves as Chief (Health Information & Innovation) of the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC), a government-related agency charged with enhancing and integrating the intermediate and long-term care (ILTC) sector in Singapore. In this capacity, he manages health services research and health information management in support of AIC's mission, and seeks ways to introduce innovative technology and business processes into the ILTC sector.
He has been involved in major healthcare changes in Singapore, including marketing for Singapore as an international medical hub and healthcare destination, the conceptualization of the national Electronic Medical Record eXchange, crisis management and patient information management during the SARS outbreak, the consolidation of IT systems and services in public sector healthcare institutions, the introduction of clinical coding and casemix, and the implementation of licensing for healthcare establishments.
He was most recently Adviser (Business Development) at Singapore HealthPartners on a project to create a hospitality-healthcare complex with an acute tertiary hospital, a medical centre and a luxury hotel. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive Officer of Regency Specialist Hospital, a startup hospital in Johor, Malaysia, and Director for Marketing, Raffles Hospital, Raffles Medical Group.
From 2005 to early 2009, he was Director (Healthcare Services) in the Singapore Tourism Board, where he headed international branding and marketing for Singapore Medicine, a government-industry partnership to promote, develop and maintain Singapore as an international medical hub. He expanded the global reach of Singapore’s international healthcare services for both consumer and corporate medical travel, and positioned Singapore as the model healthcare destination that others strive to emulate.
From 1999 to 2005 in the National Healthcare Group, he worked first in hospital health information management, and then set up NetCare, the first comprehensive personalized patient portal in Singapore, in 2001. He also developed an online pharmacy and the national step-down care online referral system. In 2002, he joined NHG’s core team consolidating the cluster’s multiple hospital IT departments, and served thereafter as IT Director for corporate functions including corporate planning, quality management, finance and IT security. During this time, he conceptualized NHG’s ONE Vision for IT Consolidation as well as NHG’s proposal for the current Electronic Medical Record eXchange for patient information sharing between public sector healthcare facilities.
He was attached to Tan Tock Seng Hospital as a clinical epidemiologist during the SARS outbreak in 2003, where he designed and led the development of SARSWeb, a patient/contact information exchange platform for the Ministry of Health and public and private healthcare providers.
Prior to this, Dr Yap had a broad range of experience in the Ministry of Health, including stints in medical audit and accreditation, national health public policy, hospital operations in Woodbridge Hospital, and as Press Secretary to the Health Minister.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Singapore Medical Association’s Centre for Medical Ethics and Professionalism and the Medical Advisory Committee of St Luke’s Hospital. He also sits on the Medical Advisory Committee of St Luke’s Hospital, the Advisory Panel for Nanyang Polytechnic’s Health Sciences School and the Advisory Committee of Singapore General Hospital’s Post-Graduate Allied Health Institute. In
2008, he stepped down as Commanding Officer, 6 Direct Support Medical Battalion in the Singapore Armed Forces.