APAC Hospitals Getting a Digital Innoculation

Thanks to the advances in Australia, Singapore, and South Korea, healthcare is becoming more digital.

According to a recent Frost & Sullivan’s Key Trends in Digital Health, Asia Pacific 2018 these three countries are leading the charge for the digital transformation for the healthcare industry by setting up the right regulatory and ICT infrastructures.

As hospitals embrace digitalization, it is resulting in new care delivery models that "optimize health systems resources and improve outcomes." According to a press release, these are improving primary care and home care, value-based care (VBC), and team-based care.

The efforts of the three countries are also helping to highlight the value of strong private-public partnerships. The report noted that it is helping to drive new pilots like "telemedicine, home monitoring, patient engagement solutions, and disease management platforms to generate evidence of their impact on the health system." The same countries are pioneering projects involving virtual reality (VR) and cognitive technology.

The efforts carried out in these countries are benefiting healthcare and hospital management across the region. The report noted that emerging economies such as India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are looking to use technological innovation tested in these countries to upgrade their healthcare to standards.

Meanwhile, cybersecurity is becoming a significant hospital concern. With more operations relying on data and networks and increasing penetrations of IoT and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), hospital IT decision makers are looking to shore up their cybersecurity defenses.

In addition, Frost & Sullivan noted that access and affordability of new technology demand complex and innovative solutions from vendors. The resulting conversations are creating a new focus on “healthcare outcomes vs. cost and patient-centric treatment pathways.”

“The role of healthcare consumers is changing dramatically in Asia-Pacific. Digital technology enables access to information and care; hence consumers are able to choose where, how, and by whom they would like to be treated. This is changing every business model in the region,” Rhenu Bhuller, Partner at Frost & Sullivan said.