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Diagram Dialogues

Diagram Dialogues

By Diagram Dialogues
Diagram Dialogues is a podcast that explores the forces transforming healthcare across Asia Pacific, and the ways in which diagnostics is shaping this future.

These episodes will feature leading voices - from the innovators and change-makers to patient advocates who are dreaming of a better tomorrow and making it a reality. Hear how they are Innovating Diagnostics, Shaping Healthcare, and Changing Lives.
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Episode 7 - The HPV Conundrum with Prof Woo Yin Ling and Rohit Sahgal
The pandemic has helped mobilise incredible advances in innovation across the public and private sectors. Why is it then, after nearly a decade since the recommendation by WHO that HPV testing should be made the primary cervical screening method, that there is still such a lag to adopt it here in Asia? As parts of the world begin to turn the corner on the covid-19 pandemic, pressing questions will emerge. What does a post-pandemic healthcare system look like? The 'Voices Project Dialogue' takes a look at multilateral perspectives that stem from Asia but while contextualising the world. Rohit Sahgal, Director, The Voices Project (A Sovereign Health Initiative) examines the vulnerabilities and opportunities that this next normal in health will force us to contend with. Over the course of the episodes, policymakers, healthcare providers, academics and scientists will come together along with representatives from industry, patient associations, charities and the finance sector to examine issues such as: Financial rollout hurdles, community-driven policies, public/private barriers to engagement, inequity & accessibility, the challenge of living with co-morbidities, the post-covid cancer surge, financial exclusion, digital innovation for development sector prioritisation, climate-induced respiratory illnesses, mental health and much more. Learn more at
March 31, 2022
Episode 6 - Thomas Schinecker, Durhane Wong-Rieger on the future of diagnostics
For decades, diagnostic tools have contributed to improving patient care by enabling patients and their clinicians to make medical decisions earlier and more accurately. What does the future of diagnostics look like? How can diagnostic tools and digitalisation support the transformation of healthcare? How can innovation help overcome access challenges?  These are some crucial questions that Dr Durhane Wong-Rieger and Thomas Schinecker are answering in the audio introductory moderated by Vivienne Parry. Learn more at
March 11, 2022
Episode 5 - Dr Katherine Fan on heart failure management in Hong Kong
In this episode, Dr Katherine Fan joins Diagram Dialogues to share her insights on the current state of heart failure management in Hong Kong. Dr Fan is a cardiology specialist based in Hong Kong. After graduating from the University of Dundee, Scotland, she received her cardiology training in Hong Kong and completed her fellowship training in cardiac electrophysiology in Stanford University Medical Center. Her specialty interests are cardiac electrophysiology and device therapy for heart failure.  Dr Fan is a lecturer on heart failure management in particular device therapy and cardiac transplantations. Learn more at
September 23, 2021
Diagram Media Forum Panel | Changes in the Patient Health Journey
How can patients in Asia take a more proactive role in managing their own health? How can healthcare systems be more patient-centric? This week on Diagram Dialogues, we share two panel discussions from our Diagram Media Forum 2021. In this session, science editor Kami Navarro leads our panelists to explore these issues. On the panel: - Joe Caputo, founder of Vista Health, and president of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (Singapore) - Anubha Taneja Mukherjee, member secretary of the Thalassemia Patients Advocacy Group in India - Professor Woo Yin Ling, consultant gynaecologist and oncologist at the University of Malaya in Malaysia Learn more at
September 21, 2021
Diagram Media Forum Panel | Moving Towards Value-based Healthcare
Is Asia ready to transition from a volume-based healthcare model to value-based healthcare? This week on Diagram Dialogues, we share two panel discussions from our Diagram Media Forum 2021. In this session, science editor Kami Navarro leads our panelists to answer this question. On the panel: - Gerald Kost, Professor of Emeritus of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, at UC Davis. - Professor David Thomas, Director of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre in Sydney, and the NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, in Melbourne, Australia. Learn more at
September 21, 2021
Episode 4 - Prof Marion Saville on revolutionizing cervical cancer screening across Asia
Professor Marion Saville is the Executive Director of VCS Foundation, a leading pathology lab. She has been in this position since 2000. She joins us today to share about her work in cervical screening in Asia, with the ultimate goal of eliminating cervical cancer. Marion has served on cervical screening advisory committees in Australia, New Zealand and Ontario, Canada. Most recently, she chaired the working group to review Australia’s Guidelines for the management of screen-detected abnormalities in the National Cervical Screening Program. Marion has focused on research and implementation projects demonstrating that it is possible to deliver high quality, acceptable cervical screening in a range of resource poor settings including Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. She is also interested in how culturally safe screening can meet the needs of disadvantaged groups who have poorer cancer outcomes, in Australia and New Zealand. For her significant service to women’s health through cervical screening initiatives, Marion was appointed as a member (AM) of the Order of Australia on Australia Day in 2020. Learn more at
August 30, 2021
Episode 3 - Dr Soo Khee Chee on the role of digital tools in reshaping cancer care
Today on the podcast, we explore how digital tools can help reshape cancer care. Joining us is Dr. Soo Khee Chee.  Dr. Soo graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of Singapore. He completed his surgical training in Sydney and his fellowship training in surgical oncology and head and neck surgery in London and New York. In 1997, Dr. Soo became the Founding Director of the National Cancer Centre Singapore and was in that position for 20 years. Today, Dr. Soo Kee Chee has his own surgical practice in Farrer Park Hospital and Farrer Park Medical Centre with an interest in surgical oncology and head and neck surgery. Learn more at
July 26, 2021
Episode 2 - Patty Lee on nurturing innovation in the digital health space
The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital tools in healthcare by directly connecting providers with patients, and in the process, helping to overcome traditional care delivery challenges – patient overload, not enough doctors, inadequate infrastructure and facilities. From telehealth to remote monitoring, COVID-19 has normalised the use of digital solutions in healthcare delivery, turning long-held skepticism into a greater willingness to develop and use solutions that, resultantly, are transforming healthcare norms. This growing openness to health tech innovations is a boon to the region’s health systems, addressing immediate needs as well as longstanding problems of access and unequal standards of healthcare. Patty Lee, CEO and co-founder of Orbit Health, joins us on Diagram Dialogues to share her thoughts on nurturing innovation in digital health, and how her startup is reinventing our approach to treating Parkinson's disease. Learn more at:
April 12, 2021
Diagram Media Forum 2021 - Panel Discussion: Asia Pacific’s digital health policy readiness
The pandemic has thrust the lab professionals’ vital role into the limelight and their value to help clinicians support better patient outcomes. The need to adopt digital technology and transform health systems is obvious, given its immense potential to transform health systems and improve many health and social care aspects. This panel discussion will explore the challenges and opportunities for advanced and developing healthcare systems in creating a digitally sustainable ecosystem and examine how Asia Pacific can prepare to make a digitally capable health workforce. Panellists: Dewi Muliaty, President Director of PT Prodia Widyahusada Tbk, Indonesia Arun Goyal, Director - Projects, IQVIA, India Dr Hong Fung, Chief Executive Officer, CUHK Medical Centre, Hong Kong
April 06, 2021
Diagram Media Forum 2021 - Panel Discussion: The role of policy makers in enabling digital health
COVID-19 has created an even greater imperative to develop future-proof digital health ecosystems. While digital innovation is accelerating, there is varying complexity in regulatory policies, capability and capacity. So how can the innovators and regulators in Asia Pacific work together to balance and capitalise on opportunities and initiate a positive digital transformation. Panellists: Harjit Gill, Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed), Singapore Dr John Thornback, Chief Operating Officer, Diagnostics Development Hub, Singapore
April 06, 2021
Episode 1 - Dr. Mukesh Haikerwal on Asia Pacific’s Digital Health Policy Readiness
The pandemic-induced “pressure test” has revealed the benefits of digital health. The challenge now for policymakers is designing a future-ready ecosystem that overcomes issues like access, security and more. Mukesh Haikerwal is a General Medical Practitioner in Altona North in the West of Melbourne, Victoria Australia. Mukesh is a passionate advocate for the use of technology in the health sector. He worked for the Prime Minister of Australia on the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission formulating a future vision for Australia’s health including using eHealth as an enabler. He was previously assigned to the National Minister for Health’s eHealth Ministerial Advisory Group and had roles with the Victorian State government. Mukesh joins the podcast to share his insights on Asia's policy readiness for digital health.
March 29, 2021