27 - 30 August, 2018
Ramada Singapore At Zhongshan Park, Singapore

Dr Dirk de Korne

Deputy Director, Medical Innovation & Care Transformation
KK Women's & Children's Hospital

Dr Dirk F de Korne is currently the Deputy Director, Medical Innovation & Care Transformation at KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital (KKH), Singapore. He also holds positions as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School, Erasmus School of Health Policy and Management, and University of Tasmania. In KKH, he is responsible for the hospitals’ overall innovation strategy and execution, including the alignment and facilitation of initiatives and projects pertaining to cross-departments, multi-disciplinary collaborations towards patient service integration with relevant stakeholders.


Since 2003, Dirk has focused on quality improvement and organizational strategy in hospital care. His implementation, research, and teaching work focuses on understanding the diffusion of quality and patient safety innovations and include business process and systems design, human factors & ergonomics, and performance benchmarking. Before his move to Singapore in 2013, he worked as Quality & Safety Consultant and Research Fellow at The Rotterdam Eye Hospital and The Rotterdam Ophthalmic Institute, Netherlands. As lecturer he has been teaching health care quality and organizational sciences as well supervised bachelor and master graduates at the Institute of Health Policy and Management. He holds a MSc in Health Policy & Management from Erasmus University Rotterdam and a PhD in Public Health from University of Amsterdam.  

2:10 PM Piloting your AI project – What you need to know and how to get started

Today’s hospitals are rich and complex socio-technical environments where technology and human actions are closely interwoven and patient’s health outcomes are co-dependent on the success of this interaction. Moreover, it is increasingly recognised that the patient journey takes mostly place outside of the hospital. As medical and nursing care becomes more technology-dependent, many fear that sensors, robotics, digitalisation, machine learning and artificial intelligence will take the humanity out of health care. Do we need to worry? In this session, we explore various pilot projects on how KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital used “high tech” to perform repetitive and redundant activities while enabling nursing and medical staff to focus on “high touch”. Examples of these pilot projects include smart health video consultation, pregnancy chatbots, and real-time notifications for hand hygiene performance.
  • Building your AI business case and obtaining stakeholders’ buy-in for your AI project
  • Overcoming common AI project implementation pitfalls
  • Identifying the infrastructural support, data and skillsets critical to the success of an AI project
  • Setting clear benchmarks, KPIs for project evaluation 

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