May 26th, 2016
One of the most inspiring things about working in the healthcare industry is the potential for truly improving the lives of patients.
After my brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia, I directly experienced how a disease can disrupt, distress and derail an entire family—and also experienced the joy and relief that came with watching him reclaim his life after receiving the right medicine.
Now my family is enduring the emotional toll of Alzheimer’s disease as it continues to grip my father. While we were first encouraged by his initial response to one of the latest treatments, he’s struggling again. But our despair is mixed with the hope that scientific innovation will rescue him.
So it was with a particularly personal interest that I had the privilege of delivering a “Putting Patients First” keynote address at the annual FT Asia Healthcare & Life Sciences Summit in Singapore yesterday.
The summit brought together industry professionals and thought leaders to discuss the future of the healthcare sector in the Asia Pacific region, and I spoke about trends in patient empowerment that are poised to make a real difference in the way medical treatment is viewed and delivered moving forward.