HIMSS21 APAC starts future-proofing digital healthcare


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The opening address speakers have set the tone for the event with an emphasis on the capabilities of digital technology to build sustainable healthcare.

The HIMSS21 APAC has started already; Benedict Tan, the Group’s Chief Digital Strategy Officer and Chief Data Officer at Singleton in Singapore, have shared that with Covid, it is urgent to reimagine better health systems. It will help to future-proof healthcare. Also, it will help to harness the ingenuity with digital health technologies.

He further went on to say that many significant developments in health care are taking place in Asia-Pacific regions. Additionally, in a HIMSS APAC survey published this year, he found that Singapore, Australia, and South Korea are the role models for digital health in this region.

Hal Wolf, the President, and CEO of HIMSS, mentioned that before the pandemic, digital health tools were quite critical to address geographic displacement. It offers better access to both urban and rural areas.

The pandemic has changed their perception of how to incorporate digital health. It has seen the increased use of the telehealth of outpatient appointments.

He further added that Covid has also exposed a lack of health data. It has offered an opportunity for the health systems to improve the population of health information. Those are very predictive and responsive.

The pandemic has further combined the other pressing issues on the horizon of the vast and aging population. There is an increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases and a diminishing of the healthcare workforce.

Now it is very critical to create a comprehensive and resilient health ecosystem. It is important to shift the focus to future-proof technology with digital health techs and other solutions.

Ong Ye Kung, the Minister for Health in Singapore, shared that the digital disruption in healthcare may not happen quite quickly. It is important to address issues like policy, regulatory, and public confidence issues.

The management of chronic illnesses is a very sound approach. It also requires the government to rethinking its approach to design and resource the healthcare system.

Minister Ong mentioned that it is important to respect the sensitivity of health information. He also explained that there is a need to develop policies and regulations to share personal health information in a much-controlled way.

There are some policy-related concerns as they are seeking to harness digital technology to improve the health of the population. The pandemic has made some of the opportunities evident. Telemedicine, the importance of primary and preventive care, is one of those.


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