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Building Equitable Digital Health Ecosystems

The use of telehealth solutions increased 38-fold during the pandemic, according to research conducted by McKinsey. However, telehealth and telemedicine solutions go far beyond video consultations today, and can provide patients with longitudinal virtual care, connecting them to healthcare professionals based on their needs. But as digital health expands, it is important that healthcare providers design equitable digital health ecosystems that benefit everyone, not just the privileged few. 

Building Equitable Digital Health Ecosystems

The use of telehealth solutions increased 38-fold during the pandemic, according to research conducted by McKinsey. However, telehealth and telemedicine solutions go far beyond video consultations today, and can provide patients with longitudinal virtual care, connecting them to healthcare professionals based on their needs. But as digital health expands, it is important that healthcare providers design equitable digital health ecosystems that benefit everyone, not just the privileged few. 

Democratising healthcare in SEA: From traditional hospitals to digital healthcare providers

Healthcare innovation in Southeast Asia is accelerating at a phenomenal rate, with total healthcare spending expected to increase to US$740b by 2025 from US$425b in 2021. 

How AI technology is defining the future of Asia’s hospitals

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has witnessed significant pressure on hospitals amid a shortage of staff and medical support, not to mention the travel restrictions that have created unprecedented challenges to mobility.

The innovative future of healthcare: Three empowering tech trends 

The future of healthcare is digital, and the ongoing pandemic is undoubtedly accelerating this transition.

A new realm of possibilities with AI in healthcare

Singapore's healthcare system, like those of all developed countries, is swamped with data. The challenge - and the opportunity - is to use that data to become a more effective premium healthcare provider. This can be achieved through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI lets medical professionals analyse and derive insights from the huge datasets created by healthcare organisations, a feat that is just not possible for humans.

Moving telehealth from a temporary fix to a pillar of modern healthcare

Over the past few years, teleconsultations have played a growing role in the delivery of healthcare and support services across ASEAN.

A Security Prescription for Healthcare IT in 2022

Just two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare industry across the Asia Pacific region has made leaps and bounds in terms of digital transformation while simultaneously battling with waves of COVID-19 infections, mass testing, and vaccinating the public.

Relieve Pressure on Exhausted Healthcare Workers with Intelligent Automation

Many hospitals are still facing equipment and bed shortages, but staffing shortages are another serious concern.

Why Healthcare Security Is Critical

Throughout the pandemic, a wave of ransomware attacks disrupted operations in healthcare organisations around the world.

The contract doctor conundrum: is there a long-term solution?

In 2016, the Malaysian government introduced a contract scheme of employment in its effort to rationalise the employment of doctors within the public sector. This scheme basically ensured 2 years of housemanship, followed by 3 years as a medical officer before a decision was made regarding permanent employment. 

Can intelligent automation reduce errors in the healthcare sector?

By automating processes and streamlining clinical pathways, intelligent automation can empower the healthcare industry to provide better patient care.

Nextgen PPPs for Connected Healthcare in the Asia-Pacific

The adoption of “value” schemes to increase access to medical technologies.

COVID-19 is spurring a digital health revolution - can private hospitals keep up?

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing hospitals and healthcare systems across the globe like never before. Public hospitals’ emergency and intensive care units have swollen to capacity whilst the resources for elective and outpatient care are redirected to aid urgent functions.

Better healthcare decisions depend on better data collection

The huge advances seen in healthcare over the past 50 years are among the greatest achievements of modern science. As a result we are living longer than ever.

Preventing Surgical Site Infections: Does a one-size-fit-all model work?

As the second-most commonly reported Healthcare Acquired Infection (HAI), surgical site infections (SSIs) are a significant cause of negative outcomes, with the incidence in low- and middle-income countries reported at more than 10%.

Restoring care in Singapore's healthcare – with AI

Just last week, researchers in Singapore achieved a milestone in healthcare: they created the world’s largest genetic databank of Asian populations. Thanks to sequencing data of around 5,000 Singaporeans, scientists and doctors will now be able to better diagnose rare diseases and find the causes of chronic ailments.

The chatbot will see you now – virtual HCP engagement in the Asia Pacific

There is little doubt that the Asia Pacific region represents a key growth ambition for the majority of Life Sciences companies. Statistics around unmet healthcare needs are well-known and, as the saying “necessity is the mother of innovation” goes to show, the Asia Pacific has an opportunity to leapfrog the West when it comes to novel therapies and approaches to market access. But at the same time, cost control and compliance remain sizeable challenges.