Innovating future health protection today - Building a more resilient Hong Kong

Healthcare is changing: are we moving fast enough? How do we work together to provide better protection solutions to our clients in this ever-changing environment? What does this mean for health insurance in Hong Kong?  These are just some of the questions that will be addressed at the upcoming Swiss Re Asia Health Symposium. This event will take place in Hong Kong on June 6 and will bring together more than 100 senior representatives from the worlds of government, health and technology as well as insurance.

This year's Health Symposium titled 'Innovating future health protection today – Building a more resilient Hong Kong' looks at how evolving regulation, advances in technology and emerging medical innovations are affecting health and insurance globally. The event will also explore how the insurance industry can innovate to provide better protection solutions to customers/people in this ever-changing environment and what this means for Hong Kong. The goal is to continue to collaborate collectively to close health protection gaps – and in doing so, build a more resilient Hong Kong.

With notable senior speakers, this year's event promises to deliver quality dialogue, ideas and solutions.

Sohila Kwan, Head of Health & Medical Solutions, Asia, will frame the discussion with Swiss Re's perspective on the challenges and opportunities advances in medicine and technology, the emergence of lifestyle led diseases such as diabetes and population ageing are expected to have on the health insurance landscape.

Chris Sun, Head of Healthcare Planning and Development Office for the Government of the HKSAR will then provide insights into how Hong Kong is moving forward its vision for Smart Health and the implications for insurers.

Following Mr Sun's session, Dr. Dennis Lo, Professor of Chemical Pathology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, will present. As one of the pioneers of liquid biopsy and its application in the early detection of cancer risk, he will present how the latest medicine and technology is being applied to improve health here in Hong Kong, with a particular focus on liquid biopsy.

Later in the Symposia, Professor Julianna Chan, who leads the Hong Kong Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, will talk about one of a numerous emerging lifestyle led illnesses – diabetes – and the changes needed to prevent and manage diabetes. She will also give her perspective on this emerging area of risk and the role of insurers in covering it.

Following a presentation from a leading healthcare technology provider, the Symposium will close with a panel comprising representatives from health technology, Sze Yunn Pang, Head, Population Health Management, ASEAN, Philips Healthcare, the government, Chris Sun, Head, Healthcare Planning and Development Office and Swiss Re's own experts. The panel will discuss the future for healthcare in Hong Kong and paint a picture of potential future scenarios in this area, as well as implications for insurers.

The Swiss Re Health Symposia are a series of forums held across the region which focuses on major trends impacting health insurance. Together with our speakers and participants, Swiss Re aims to deepen cross-industry dialogue, enhance collaboration and exchange ideas to provide a catalyst for fresh thinking, health protection innovations for the insurance industry and cross-sector partnerships.

Published 2 June 2017

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