Why Innovate and Co-Learn?

Innovation is key to sustainable healthcare.

Singapore is facing a fast ageing population and shrinking workforce. It is essential for Singapore’s healthcare system to innovate, seek new ways to improve productivity and add value to our patients. This ensures that our patients will continue to receive high quality and cost-effective care in the future.

Co-learning enables us to achieve more together.

We believe in knowledge sharing and learning together. At CHI, there are no borders when it comes to learning. It is our mission to engage like-minded institutions and agencies to co-learn and co-create new healthcare innovations and new ways of learning.



Our Purpose

CHI seeks to establish an ecosystem for healthcare innovation and co-learning through three strategic thrusts:

Thrust One
Build Thought Leadership in healthcare innovation and improvements

CHI serves as a platform to share and develop ideas. Through co-learning and dialogues, we aim to connect domain experts with our partners. This offers opportunities to build thought leadership, and translate new concepts into practices.

Thrust Two
Drive Workforce Transformation (formal and informal) that focus on productivity and creating value for staff and patients

We believe that workforce transformation can be done through an iterative process of:

  1. Care and process redesign
  2. Automation, IT, Robotic Innovation
  3. Job redesign


Thrust Three
Enable Healthcare Training through new andragogy that aims to develop healthcare leaders of the future

Capability building plays a big role in ensuring that our workforce is appropriately skilled to drive and deliver future care models, and to innovate on the go. We seek to build capabilities and facilitate knowledge transfer between like-minded institutions to develop a future-ready workforce.



​Workforce Innovation



System Innovation​

We believe that to achieve, spread and sustain innovation, a systems approach is required. The Innovation Cycle is a framework to describe the macro stages for planning, implementing and improving upon innovation initiatives. The framework comprises three sequential stages, with each stage supported by iterative Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle(s).

The cycle advocates that (1) the first step to innovation in healthcare is to redesign the care/process to optimize value for patients and reduce waste, followed by (2) automation of a waste-free process. By leveraging automation and adopting technology to take over simple, repetitive but necessary jobs, manpower resources are freed up. This presents (3) an opportunity to review the staffs’ current roles and redesign their jobs, so that each staff performs more m​eaningful work at the top of his or her competencies.

The Innovation Cycle is a deliberate and iterative framework to describe and improve upon the process of improvement. If applied well, the framework can serve as a toolkit to guide the planning and implementation of strategic initiatives, so as to deliver value.

Innovation Cycle: An iterative process of workforce transformation that increases productivity and value



Who We Are

CHI is anchored by the CHI Co-Learning Network Council, CHI Co-Learning Faculty and CHI Co-Learning Management Committee. Dialogues between and within these committees are facilitated by the CHI team.

What We Do​​


Form partnerships and collaborations

The CHI Co-Learning Network aims to deepen co-learning and create opportunities for collaboration between our partners. With the support of CHI’s Co-Learning Management Committee and Faculty, we seek to spread the culture of innovation and translate innovations into actual practice.

Support innovative projects and training

In line with our belief of driving innovation in healthcare to benefit and enhance the health of our patients and population, CHI is secretariat to the Ng Teng Fong Healthcare Innovation Programme, which provides grant support for training, innovation and community-enabling projects.

Create opportunities for co-learning

Co-learning is key to our mission. Our CHI events, such as our masterclasses and conferences serve as platforms to enable learning and build mindshare.

Provide a venue to bring ideas together

The Ng Teng Fong Centre for Healthcare Innovation is a purpose-built facility with state-of-the-art training and innovation resources to support continuous learning and innovation.

Consolidate and spread knowledge

A common platform to house the existing knowledge and a gestation ground for new knowledge, a national knowledge management platform will be launched. This platform aims to accelerate knowledge sharing, facilitate collaboration and create new knowledge. Key focus areas include healthcare productivity, improvement, innovation, and academia development.