Dr. YAP Yi-Lwern, Kevin

BSc (Pharm) (Hons), National University of Singapore;
M.Eng, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore;
S.D.M.C (Specialist Diploma in Digital Media Creation), Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore;
PhD, National University of Singapore

Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore
18 Science Drive 4, Singapore 117543
Tel: +65 6601 3253
Fax: +65 6779 1554

Teaching Activities in NUS

  • PR2102 Pharmacy Law
  • PR4104 Pharmacy Practice III

Professional Positions (Joint-Appointment)

  • Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore
  • Senior Manager, Academic Informatics Office, National University Health System
  • Invited peer reviewer of over 20 journals, book chapters, conferences and grants
  • Editorial board member of Tang Journal – International Journal of Genuine Traditional Medicine (eISSN: 2233-8985)
  • Wikipedian

Registered pharmacist, Singapore Pharmacy Board

  • Digital healthcare & E-health
  • Tele-medicine & M-health
  • Pharmaco-informatics & Cyber-pharmacy
  • Social media in healthcare
  • Onco-informatics
  • Digital education & E-learning

Informatics, information and communication technologies, the internet and digital media are becoming extremely popular in today’s health-care system, giving rise to an upcoming field known as Digital Healthcare (or Digital Health). The advancement of such technologies in recent years has led to the development of various software, tools and applications that can be used as aids to address health-related problems and the challenges faced by healthcare professionals and patients, as well as optimize patients’ health-related outcomes.

Pharmaco-informatics is a field within digital healthcare that involves the use of informatics and internet technologies in clinical pharmacy and the pharmaceutical sciences domains. Cyber-pharmacy (also known as pharmacocybernetics or cybernetic pharmacy) goes one step further by merging the science of technology with human-computer-environment interactions to design, develop, apply and evaluate technological innovations in relation to supporting medicines and drugs use, as well as to reduce or prevent drug-related problems. It takes into account the flow of knowledge and information between users and cybernetic systems or the environment, the actions taken by users to achieve their goals, user interactivity, as well as feedback.

My research interests span the whole digital healthcare innovation cycle through the development, utilization, application and/or evaluation of health-related technologies in various healthcare settings to enhance medication 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, prediction of adverse drug reactions, telemedicine and social media, among others, to enhance medicines use and improve patient care.

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