Doctors are often known as restless heroes, battling in hospitals for most of their lifetime, trying to save lives from the scythe of Grim Reaper. These brave fighters also, follow the MSF to deliver love and care to the underprivileged people in the third world countries as Doctors Without Borders. In the public’s perception, great doctors must fully devote themselves into the job to save lives by sacrificing their time, and sometimes, their precious lives.
However, history told us that some great doctors succeeded by going through unusual paths: Dr. Eugene Lazowski, a Polish doctor who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust in WWII by creating a fake epidemic which played on Nazi Germany fear on hygiene, Christopher Charles, who postponed his hormone research project, created the “Lucky Iron Fish” to fight iron deficiency anemia in Cambodia, Dr. Philemon Choi Yuen-wan, a local medical doctor, founded the Breakthrough Organization to solve the adolescent problems in Hong Kong. These examples clearly illustrates that thousands of lives could be saved, not by pills, not by surgery, but by the doctor’s in-depth observation, keen insight to social needs and cutting-edge way of invention. These doctors save lives through healthcare innovation.
It is really a privilege for me to work together with talented engineers in CityU Apps Lab. I believe that medical innovation is an absolute priority throughout medical transformation, and more importantly, I am confident that engineering could help to bring and transform medicine sector to a whole new level.
Text: Dr. Philip Ma, Department of Medicine and Geriatrics, Tuen Mun Hospital
* Philip spent one-month holiday working at CAL in the summer of 2015, and now continue to come back to the team from time to time to continue his innovation.