Dr Ravinder Singh Sachdev

Dr Ravinder Singh Sachdev

Deputy Chief Medical Informatics Officer (CMIO)
Tan Tock Seng Hospital



From EBM To IoEBM: How The Internet Of Things (IoT) Is Influencing Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM)
Date: 23 September 2017, Saturday
Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
Synopsis: The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. According to Gartner, there will be 21 billion things connected to the Internet by 2020. The IoT has numerous applications in healthcare, including the use of remote monitoring, smart sensors and medical device integration to keep patients safe and healthy, as well as improve how physicians deliver care as well. Healthcare IoT can also boost patient engagement and satisfaction by allowing patients to spend more time interacting with their doctors. At the same time, the role of the IoT in medical research and decision making is expanding with the increasing availability of consumer-based data from, e.g. wearables and social media, as well as heretofore untapped clinical information, e.g. “-omics” data, telehealth parameters, etc. This session highlights some of these applications within healthcare research, and how future evidence could be generated using whole population-based IoT data, as opposed to the current method of sampling data, facilitating personalized (n = 1) medicine.


Dr Ravi Sachdev is a Consultant Family Physician at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, and deputy director of Transitional Care services. He received his medical degree in Singapore, and postgraduate training in Edinburgh and London, including a Master’s degree in Health Informatics from the University of Sheffield. As deputy CMIO, he is currently helping to drive the National Healthcare Group’s Care Transformation project. He is also an advisor to the National Electronic Health Record project, and an active proponent of telemedicine. He co-authored the National Telemedicine Guidelines, and currently chairs the Vital Signs Monitoring Workgroup as part of Singapore’s National Telehealth Initiative.

Dr Sachdev is a clinical innovator, with several active projects in the areas of remote monitoring, medication compliance and emerging healthcare technologies, and has authored several articles on the future of healthcare and technology. His special interest lies in the application of the Internet of Things to Healthcare.