Empowering APAC Healthcare Professionals With Digital Transformation

Discover how Royal Philips is transforming healthcare in the Asia Pacific region through its Phillips Learning Academy.

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, is strengthening its commitment to enhancing the skills of healthcare professionals in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. Collaborating with prominent industry partners and institutions, Philips is expanding its Phillips Learning Academy, based at the APAC Center in Singapore.

Recently, Philips Learning Academy entered into a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the global pharmaceutical company Bayer. This partnership aims to develop high-quality online educational content, training programs, and content-rich workshops to equip healthcare professionals in APAC with the skills and knowledge required to harness the latest digital technologies and address the future needs of the healthcare ecosystem.

Furthermore, Philips is actively engaged in discussions with Temasek Polytechnic and NTUC LearningHub to create tailored training programs that cater to the specific requirements of the healthcare industry and the broader APAC community. These collaborations will leverage the combined expertise and resources of these organizations to deliver innovative, high-quality professional training and development programs.

Peter Quinlan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Philips APAC, emphasized the importance of equipping healthcare professionals with new knowledge and skillsets, aligning with the innovation Philips is driving in the healthcare sector. The renewed offerings and partnerships at the Philips Learning Academy aim to support the digital upskilling of APAC healthcare professionals.

Andreas Ackermann, Radiology Head of Region APAC at Bayer (South East Asia), echoed Philips’ commitment to continuous learning and upskilling, emphasizing the shared vision of developing a highly skilled workforce that can drive patient-centric innovation and access in the region.

The Philips Learning Academy offers a wide range of courses and workshops focused on upskilling healthcare professionals in the clinical application of imaging technologies, including Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT), and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). These offerings encompass various learning pathways tailored to different specializations, such as Radiology, Cardiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as Nursing and Biomedical Engineering. Healthcare professionals can benefit from peer-to-peer training courses and hands-on workshops conducted by both regional and international experts, thanks to the Learning Academy’s global and regional network of partnerships with hospitals.

NTUC LearningHub, in collaboration with Philips Learning Academy, is dedicated to providing high-quality training to healthcare professionals in Singapore. They recognize that continuous skill development is crucial for ensuring the best possible patient care and increasing productivity in healthcare systems.

The Philips Future Health Index 2023 Report indicates that APAC’s healthcare sector is embracing new care delivery models to address financial pressures and staff shortages. Healthcare leaders and young professionals in the region agree that the available training equips healthcare staff with the necessary skills to adapt to these new models. Data interpretation skills and staff willingness to adopt new technologies are identified as key success factors in the implementation of new care delivery models.

The collaborations at the Philips Learning Academy aim to offer professional training and development opportunities to enhance the adoption of digital technology. This initiative seeks to create a more digitally skilled and knowledgeable healthcare workforce, essential for the future development of a dynamic digital healthcare ecosystem. Mr. Song Kwok Yuen, Director of the School of Engineering at Temasek Polytechnic, expressed their commitment to co-creating learning opportunities with industry partners, especially in the critical field of healthcare engineering. They are excited to work with Philips Learning Academy to cultivate a highly skilled workforce to drive digital health innovation and growth in the region.

The commitment of Royal Philips to upskilling healthcare professionals in the Asia Pacific region through its Phillips Learning Academy is a testament to the transformative power of education and collaboration. With partnerships like the one with Bayer, along with ongoing discussions with Temasek Polytechnic and NTUC LearningHub, this initiative is poised to empower healthcare professionals with the cutting-edge skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in an ever-evolving digital healthcare landscape. As the healthcare sector in APAC embraces new care delivery models, the Philips Learning Academy is at the forefront of building a more digitally skilled and adaptable healthcare workforce, ultimately contributing to the advancement of a dynamic and patient-centric digital healthcare ecosystem in the future.