Diabetes technology offers the opportunity to improve diabetes care through improved knowledge and empowerment. To gain the most benefit from the use of diabetes technology, an awareness of what is available and how to best optimize the use of these technologies is crucial. This session provides an insight into the different aspects of diabetes technology such as blood glucose monitoring and sensors, apps and digital health solutions available to us in Singapore.
Chair: Dr Ester Yeoh (Admiralty Medical Centre / Khoo Teck Puat Hospital)
Dr Ester Yeoh is a Consultant Endocrinologist at the Diabetes Centre, Admiralty Medical Centre and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital in Singapore. She is trained in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. She graduated from the National University of Singapore and thereafter, attained specialist accreditation in Endocrinology in Singapore. Following that, her fellowship training was conducted at the Diabetes Centre and Diabetes Research Group in King’s College Hospital, London UK where she was involved in clinical and research work in type 1 diabetes and hypoglycaemia. She has special interests in hypoglycaemia, type 1 diabetes, patient education and using diabetes technologies such as insulin pump and glucose sensors. She leads the Flexible Insulin Therapy clinic at the Diabetes Centre, Admiralty Medical Centre, along with her team comprising a diabetes nurse educator, dietician and a health psychologist.
Dr Yeoh contributes to training future specialists and doctors as the Assistant Programme Director for Endocrinology in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University. Dr Yeoh firmly believes in patient education and empowering her patients towards improved diabetes self-management.
Speaker: Dr Abel Soh Wah Ek (Mount Elizabeth Hospital)
Title: Blood glucose monitoring & glucose sensors – Why do it, when to do it & how to interpret
Dr Abel Soh graduated with MBBS from National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2000. He trained in Internal Medicine at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and attained MRCP (UK) in 2006. He then pursued Advanced Specialist Training in Endocrinology at SGH and obtained his Specialist Accreditation in Endocrinology in 2010. Dr Soh underwent fellowship in Diabetes in Pregnancy at Joslin Diabetes Centre, USA. Subsequently, he co-ran the Gestational Diabetes Joint Clinic (GDJC) in SGH together with the obstetricians. He initiated the pre-Ramadan counselling program for Muslim patients with diabetes at SGH and was a recipient of the Singapore Health Quality Service Gold Award.
Dr Soh was previously Consultant Endocrinologist at SGH and subsequently at Raffles Hospital. He was also formerly Adjunct Assistant Professor in Medicine at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. Dr Soh has been running his own clinic at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre at Orchard since 2016. He manages patients in all areas of endocrinology including diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders. He is passionate about helping patients with diabetes achieve good blood glucose control and lead healthy lives through positive lifestyle changes and medical treatment.
Speaker: Dr Yew Tong Wei (National University Hospital)
Title: TAP into the APPS – Making good use of smartphone apps for better living with diabetes
Dr Yew Tong Wei is a Consultant and Diabetes Clinical Service Director for the Division of Endocrinology, National University Hospital, and Assistant Professor in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.
He leads the ‘Year of Care’ program at NUH, an initiative which aims to transform clinic consultations into meaningful conversations, to promote person-centred care and shared decision making. The program is now extended to primary care through the Patient Activation via Community Empowerment/Engagement for Diabetes Management (PACE-D) program, in collaboration with colleagues from the National University Polyclinics. He was also the lead investigator for SMART-GDM, a study on smartphone app usage in gestational diabetes.
Dr Yew is Program Director for the NUHS Endocrinology Senior Residency Program and has won numerous teaching awards. He was treasurer and executive committee member of the Endocrine and Metabolic Society of Singapore. In his free time, he enjoys doing Chinese calligraphy and seal carvings, and his artwork has been exhibited internationally. He also contributes regularly to a column in Lianhe Wanbao where he writes heart-warming stories he has encountered in the course of his work.
Speaker: Mr Terence Ng (Health Promotion Board)
Title: Digital health solutions: A national perspective
Terence is the Director in the Innovation Office in the Health Promotion Board Singapore. He is responsible for the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Board’s digital transformation strategy as well as partnerships and technology to help the nation live healthily.
Terence is a trained sociologist and lawyer who previously was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco doing research on home and community-based care for the elderly and disabled.