Connecting the dots in connected healthcare in Asia Pacific

What are the challenges and opportunities in connected healthcare in the region?

By Adrian M. Reodique
Nov. 24, 2016


While this improvement sounds it might only affect the back-end, Thomas underscored the importance of application performance and response time on employees' productivity as well as quality of patient care.  "By optimising application performance for connected devices, healthcare IT organisations are saving caregivers' time that they can spend with patients. For example, doctors and nurses spend more time with patients instead of waiting for the application, or even worse, resorting to paper and then manually re-entering data later," he explained.

Connected healthcare adoption in APAC

The APAC region is expected to surpass the European Union as world's second largest medical technology market by 2020, following United States, according to McKinsey Research.

"This presents a significant opportunity for the healthcare industry, particularly in high-growth segments including IT, medical tourism, outpatient surgery, specialty hospitals, and private medical insurance," said Smoulders.

As such, Smoulders believes the emergence of real-time healthcare system in the region will continue. He added, in the next five years, healthcare organisation will look to technologies that provide proactive, real-time operational agility that can help them control the IT complexities and thrive in this new paradigm.

"Every day, it is becoming more imperative for organisations to better support critical business goals, such as improving patient outcomes, increasing application performance and availability, complying with security and patient privacy regulations and deriving business and clinical insights from the wealth of data produced by their systems. As their IT operations become more adaptive and efficient, these organisations will be able to embrace a future in which the healthcare delivery system is more agile, more mobile, and more collaborative than ever," Smoulders explained.

Meanwhile, for health services provider that are planning to adopt connected healthcare, Thomas advised to keep patient care and improving experience as well as service quality as their guiding principles. "Make sure to set a pace your organisation can keep up with, as an error in the healthcare industry is a risk not worth taking," he concluded. 

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