– Day 3 15:00 – 16:30 Smart- Ageing Innovation Lab 1 (L1)
Dr Wilson FUNG
Founder, Doctor Now Needs
Dr Fung founded Doctor Now Needs, a door-to-door and video medical consultation booking platform especially for elderly persons. It enables the senior patients to seek medical consultation with doctors or acquires other medical services in a timely and affordable manner without having to travel. It is aimed at bringing about a breakthrough to elderly healthcare.
One year on, 34 private medical practitioners and 60 old age homes have joined the Doctor Now Needs platform, and 1600 counts of service were delivered through the platform. It is projected that this service could help reduce the patients’ admission rate of Accident & Emergency services and hospital inpatient service by 10-20%, saving HK$4.5 million of public hospital bills a year.
Dr Fung witnessed the limitation of elderly medical service and the imbalance of the public and private healthcare systems when working at public hospital. He is determined to change the scene.
Dr Daniel TONG
Clinical Associate Professor, Honorary Consultant Surgeon
Division of Esophageal and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery,
Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital
Telemedicine is the solution for problems facing by the health care system in Hong Kong
The health care system in Hong Kong is facing formidable challenges, especially the public system which provides more than 90% of services to the society. The population is rapidly aging. One in four of the citizen will be older than 65 by year 2030. This implies a greater burden on the health care system in terms of human resources and financial expenses.
Innovation in technology is an area proliferates in recent few decades. Evidence demonstrates telemedicine can significantly reduce medical expenses, enhance medical education as well as improve the quality of care. Teleconsultation, for instance, has been proven can reduce the resources for patients’ transportation and reduce the time for health care provide to manage the disease. There are many other areas developed in the telemedicine in individual specialty of medicine. We aim to provide an overview of how telemedicine can resolve the challenges facing by the current health care system.
Dr. Daniel Tong is currently the Consultant of the Division of Esophageal and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital. And Daniel is also an active researcher specialised in cancers of the esophagus and stomach, foregut cancers and foregut functional disorders, with interest in Bariatric and metabolic surgery. Dr. Tong received many awards, has numerous publications in international journals of high impact factors.