HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Technology critical in improving healthcare in Asia: study

Over four fifths believe technology has improved access to health services.

Reliance on technology in improving healthcare is growing, according to the latest study by Prudential.

The 71% of those surveyed said they would rely on technology even more to improve their personal health and wellbeing. The study surveyed 5,000 adults across 13 markets in Asia.

Technology has also improved accessibility, according to 81% of respondents, whilst 60% believe that technology has also improved the affordability of healthcare.

Despite the high number of people relying on technology for both accessibility and affordability, only 54% surveyed in Asia believe that medical care is accessible and affordable. Only 22% said they can easily access exercise and fitness facilities that would help improve their personal health and wellness in 2021.

To bridge this gap, a public-private collaboration is essential, the study said. The also study suggests that governments partner with private companies to deliver digitally innovative ways to promote and manage health and wellness among citizens.

"This ground-breaking research demonstrates that while Asia has already begun to embrace digital health technologies, the region is still some way from realising the full potential technology has to offer. The private and public sectors need to come together to make these opportunities a reality, and in doing so, improve health and wellness outcomes for individuals,” Prudential Corporation Asia CEO Nic Nicandrou said.


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