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Engineering truly democratised healthcare

Technology sits at the heart of this. It can enable people to take ownership of their own health, and the boom in data collected can pave the way for better treatments.

Pfizer is among the clutch of healthcare companies which have begun leveraging big-data analytics to create better-targeted therapies. It has collaborated with Boston Scientific and Mayo Clinic to form Optum Labs, which links 150 million patients' data with 30 million electronic health records.

THE provision of healthcare is a basic human necessity, but access to healthcare is by no means universal. While the UK's National Health Service, Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act in the US and Singapore's national health system have all succeeded - at least in part - in bringing affordable...