Singapore achieves very good health outcomes while maintaining access and affordability. But our healthcare system, which is anchored by strong hospitals and specialists, must transform itself in order to serve Singaporeans well in a fast-changing future.
The epidemic of chronic diseases like diabetes means prevention has to start early and continue long term. Patients with chronic diseases require lifelong support so they can manage their conditions well and avoid serious complications. Meeting the needs of the rising number of older people, who may have multiple health and social problems, demands fresh approaches.
Our health system therefore needs new wellness and disease prevention strategies that help citizens stay well and age well in the community. Strong primary health and community-based services are central to providing the holistic, long-term care and support necessary for patients with chronic diseases especially those who are elderly. These changes have to be effected while keeping costs affordable and health manpower demand sustainable.
The MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT) was formed in 2018 to help accelerate, drive and contribute to the transformation of our healthcare system. MOHT focuses on a number of more fundamental and longer-term areas. It works with partners to design and pilot new care models, and concurrently collaborates with MOH, IHIS and other stakeholders to develop critical enablers of scaling such as technology and IT, data analytics, and finance and incentive redesign. MOHT endeavours to draw all these together as effective new end-to-end system-level solutions that have a transformative impact on health outcomes and care.
Our Leadership Team
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan
Professor Robert Morris
Chief Technology Strategist
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan holds concurrent appointments as the Executive Director of MOHT and the first Chief Health Scientist at MOH.
Before joining MOHT Professor Tan served as President of the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2008 to 2017. Prior to that he also held the positions of NUS Provost, then Senior Deputy President between the years of 2004 and 2008. He was former Dean of the NUS Faculty of Medicine and served as the Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health, from 2000 to 2004, where he was responsible for leading the public health response to the 2003 SARS epidemic.
As the inaugural Chief Executive of the National University Health System in 2008, Professor Tan brought the NUS Medical and Dental Schools and the National University Hospital under single governance. His awards include the Public Service Star in 2003 for outstanding contributions to overcoming SARS in Singapore; the Public Administration Gold Medal in 2004 for his work as Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health; and the Meritorious Service Medal in 2015.
A renal physician, Professor Tan obtained his medical training at NUS, and research training at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford.
Robert is Chief Technology Strategist at MOHT, and holds a concurrent appointment as Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.
At MOHT, Robert anchors the Data and Technology Enablers. His current focus is on the application of computer and information sciences, including AI, to transform healthcare.
Until 2017, Robert led all of IBM Research’s Global Laboratories. Prior to that, Robert was also head of the IBM Almaden Research Center (Silicon Valley), where relational database technology and the disk drive were invented. During this time he led the creation of Services Science, research for IBM’s ThinkPad, and Storage Systems. Earlier he also led advanced systems research at TJ Watson Center (New York), including the Deep Blue chess machine, which defeated world champion Garry Kasparov in 1997.
He completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Lim Cher Wee
Chief Operating Officer
Lead (Integrated General Hospital)
Cher Wee is Chief Operating Officer at MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation.
At MOHT, Cher Wee leads collaborations with hospital partners to develop new inpatient care services to provide holistic care that is integrated with community-based resources. His other focus at MOHT is in organisational excellence.
Prior to joining MOHT, Cher Wee served at one of Singapore’s largest public hospitals in a variety of roles. He led frontline staff in clinical operations support, financial planning, analytics, manpower planning, infrastructure redesign, and process improvements. As part of learning and improvement efforts, his teams’ organised Singapore public healthcare’s first Make-a-thon, to co-create the UIUX for Singapore Healthcare’s first Self-Admission Kiosk. Among other awards, his teams also topped patient experience/satisfaction surveys.
Apart from frontline duties, Cher Wee led hospital administrators in strategic planning, corporate planning, data analytics and job redesign. One of his projects included Singapore Healthcare’s first enterprise-level business intelligence system, which was presented at HIMSS AsiaPac as part of Smart Care Singapore.
Cher Wee has also served in various postings at Ministry of Health and Ministry of Trade and Industry. Cher Wee holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Dr Loke Wai Chiong
Clinical Director (Programmes)
Lead (Integrated Health Promotion)
Wai Chiong joined MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation in May 2019, and leads the Integrated Health Promotion (InHealth) which aims to implement a comprehensive set of integrated, coordinated initiatives concurrently in test precincts, to co-create with the community an environment and community norm which would make health-promoting behaviours the default. He also helps to develop initiatives for mental wellness and financing schemes to support new models of care.
Prior to joining MOHT, Wai Chiong was Partner and Healthcare Sector leader for Deloitte Southeast Asia. As a management consultant in private sector, he advised governments, investors, life sciences companies, providers and payers globally. His projects included business strategy advisory to biomedical and health-tech start-ups, new product development, regulatory and market entry, commercial feasibility of healthcare investments, mergers & acquisitions, amongst others.
He started his career as a practising Family Physician, and went on to hospital management and health policy leadership roles across public and private sectors.
Wai Chiong completed his medical training at the National University of Singapore. He holds a Masters in Family Medicine (NUS), Fellowships with the Academy of Medicine Singapore and the College of Family Physicians, and Double MBA from the University of California (Los Angeles) and the National University of Singapore.
Ng Ling Ling
Director (Community Engagement)
Co-Lead (Future Primary Care)
Professor Gerald Koh
Clinical Director & Co-Lead (Future Primary Care)
Ling Ling joined the MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation in July 2018 on secondment from National Council of Social Service (NCSS).
Her focus in MOHT is in primary care transformation through technology and financing levers, as well as community engagement to connect public polyclinics with private general practitioners and non-profit community organisations.
Previously she served in the NCSS for 16 years, most recently in the role of Assistant CEO. She has extensive experience in piloting and scaling initiatives at national level, involving the community, including successfully leading a movement with 240 non-profit charities to mobilise about S$1.3 billion of donations and government grants to meet existing and future social service needs during the jubilee celebration year of Singapore in 2015. For her contributions, she received the Public Administration Silver medal in 2015 for her work in leading Care & Share Movement for SG50.
She also co-led a longitudinal national movement to build a caring and inclusive community. The work included engaging corporates, tertiary institutions, schools and local grassroots to build capabilities and capacities of non-profit community organisations, including the use of technology platforms for greater eco-system collaboration.
Ling Ling holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from Nanyang Technological University and a Master of Public Administration from the Australian National University. Prior to joining public service, Ling Ling worked in the financial banking industry, specialising in treasury functions.
Gerald joined the MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation in July 2018. His area of focus in MOHT is the transformation of primary care using tele-health, novel diagnostic tools and new models of care as enablers. He works with stakeholders from public polyclinics and private general practitioners to ensure that potential solutions that empower patients and providers to improve quality of care can be rapidly prototyped and tested.
He is also currently a Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) and holds a concurrent appointment as Joint Associate Professor, Dean's Office, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). A family physician by training, he obtained his Masters in Medicine (Family Medicine) (NUS) in 2000, Fellowship in Family Medicine (College of Family Physicians Singapore) in 2003 and PhD in Family Medicine from Western University (Canada) in 2012. Prior to joining MOHT, he was Leader of the Health Systems and Behavioural Sciences Domain in SSHSPH and received the NUS Outstanding Educator Award in 2016. He is currently Principal Investigator of the NUHS Diabetes, Tuberculosis and Neuroscience Research Centre’s Telehealth Research Core and NUHS Singapore Population Health Research Centre’s (SPHERiC) Implementation Science Core.
His research interests include tele-health in primary care, post-stroke rehabilitation and community geriatrics, health services research and medical education through community service.
Associate Professor Teoh Yee Leong
Director & Lead (Solution, Technology, Evaluation and Piloting)
Yee Leong joined MOHT in Aug 2018 as Director and project lead of the Solutions & Technology, Evaluation and Piloting (STEP) unit. His role in MOHT is to support the programmes in identifying suitable technology and solutions to pilot and evaluate with the aim of transforming the delivery of healthcare in Singapore.
Yee Leong concurrently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Clinical Research Institute, an Academic Research Organisation within the Ministry of Health Holdings, Singapore. In this role he spearheads the clinical research initiatives in Singapore and building research partnerships with various public and private organisations in the region. He is also Joint Adjunct Associate Professor with Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore and Centre of Regulatory Excellence, Duke-NUS Medical School.
Prior to his appointment as CEO of SCRI in May 2013, his private sector roles included Vice-President and General Manager for Emergent Biosolutions Asia Pacific (2010-2013) and Director, Clinical Research and Medical Affairs for GlaxoSmithKline Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei (2005 to 2010). A/Prof Teoh’s previous other public sector appointments included being Assistant Commissioner of Public Health (Ministry of the Environment), Physician and Head, Jurong Polyclinic (National Healthcare Group Polyclinics) and Infectious Disease Epidemiologist (Communicable Disease Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore).
He is a trained Public Health Physician with Master of Medicine in Public Health from National University of Singapore.
Professor Tan Chorh Chuan
Executive Director, MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation
Mr Chan Heng Kee
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health
Mr Goh Aik Guan
Managing Director, MOH Holdings
Professor Emeritus Michael Katz
Sarin Chair in Strategy and Leadership, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
Ms Jennifer Hobart
Previously Vice President, Medical Informatics, Blue Shield of California
Professor Chia Kee Seng
Professor and Founding Dean of Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore and Board Member, Health Promotion Board
Associate Professor James Yip
Group Chief Medical Informatics Officer, National University Health System
Professor Robert Morris
Chief Technology Strategist, MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation
Professor Freddy Boey
Senior Vice President, Graduate Education and Research Translation, National University of Singapore
Ms Selina Seah
Assistant CEO, Changi General Hospital
Director, Centre for Healthcare Assistive & Robotics Technology
Professor Eugene Fidelis Soh
CEO, Tan Tock Seng Hospital & Central Health
Dr Fidah Alsagoff
Joint Head, Enterprise Development Group
Head, Life Sciences, Temasek International
Ms Chu Swee Yeok
CEO and President, EDBI
Mr Chua Chee Yong
Director, Planning Group, Integrated Health Information Systems
Head, IT Strategy and Planning, Ministry of Health
Dr Jason Cheah
CEO, Agency for Integrated Care
CEO, Woodlands Health Campus
Deputy Group CEO, Transformation, National Healthcare Group
Adj Assoc Prof (Dr) Raymond Chua
Group Director, Health Regulation Group, Ministry of Health
Ms Low Lai Peng
Senior Regulatory Specialist, Medical Devices Cluster, Ministry of Health