With increasing life expectancy and a rapidly ageing population, Singapore is facing unprecedented health challenges. As the burden of disease shifts towards chronic non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, growing numbers of people are living for decades in the shadow of multiple, complex conditions. This requires the evolution of healthcare system to better serve the needs of the population of the future.
The Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management (CDPM) seeks to serve as the catalyst for healthcare transformation through the programmes and research we undertake. We believe that the solution lies with an ‘engaged and activated individual’ (patient or healthy member of the community) collaborating with an ‘engaged and activated provider’ (or healthcare system) to achieve the best outcomes. As the catalyst, we are committed to optimally engaging patients and members of the public by changing the way they interact with the healthcare system.
Through the Centre’s projects, we hope to generate insights into human behaviour that will enable our stakeholders to make informed decisions about their health. We will also develop new models of care and strategies that leverage these insights, along with modern technologies such as telehealth and the internet of things to support our patients and family to maintain their health or live with chronic disease.
The Centre also aims to influence daily health-related behaviours by minimising the barriers to change. Specifically, we are looking to alter the food environment i.e. the types of food locally available, to make choosing health-promoting food easier and more accessible. By these and other activities, the Centre seeks to transform healthcare and create an ecosystem to support sustainable lifestyle change.
To be a catalyst for chronic disease care transformation by:
evolving the nature of patient interactions with the health system,
creating an ecosystem for sustainable lifestyle change,
and taking a leadership role in care innovation