Kevin YapProfessor, Lecturer
National University of Singapore
Dr. Kevin Yap, BSc(Pharm)(Hons), MEng, SDMC, PhD, SRPharmS, is a cyber-pharmacist and an interdisciplinary researcher at the Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore. He has knowledge in digital media creation, web databases and data mining. His research interests span the whole digital healthcare innovation cycle through the development, utilization, application and/or evaluation of informatics, internet and other health-related technologies in various healthcare settings to enhance medications management in patients, as well as the flow of drug-related information and knowledge to healthcare professionals and patients. These include drug databases, mobile apps, telemedicine and social media, virtual platforms and serious games, among others, to enhance health education, medicines use and improve patient care and safety. His work on chemotherapy interactions with western medications, and complementary and alternative medicines, was featured in various public channels, such as The Straits Times (Singapore’s mainstream newspaper), the Knowledge Enterprise (National University of Singapore’s newsletter), and the iMedicalApps mHealth Research Digest – an international website featuring medical apps for healthcare professionals. His interest in digital education has also led to several initiatives in promoting the use of technology in pharmacy education, including the use of the university’s e-assessment platform, initiating a YouTube Channel and developing a virtual patient records app for clinical practice training, among others. He has over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 2 book chapters and presented his work at over 50 international conferences. He has received many awards, including the Young Investigator Award by the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer. He is on the editorial boards of Tang (International Journal of Genuine Traditional Medicine) and the Alternative and Integrative Medicine journals. He is also an invited reviewer for over 25 international journals, conferences and grants.
14:00 Hands-On Evaluation Session: Leveraging Mobile Apps for Medication Adherence in Pharmacovigilanc
During the first part of the session, Dr Yap will first explain the importance of medication adherence in patient safety and strategies to systematically assess existing digital health applications. This will be followed by a practical session where delegates will get to apply the concepts learnt via a hands-on exercise. The results of the mobile application evaluation will be analyzed and released on Day 2 during lunchtime. The following questions will be discussed:
• How do you choose a set of evaluation criteria that best fit your needs:
– Generic vs. specific
– Demographic profile vs. therapeutic area
• What are the features that clinicians and patients look out for in apps and drug databases?
• Exploring effective change management strategies