Foreword

Healthcare’s Digitalisation

Towards a better future!

Digital health has been around for quite some time Advancements in technology rising demand for better care and governments focus on improved health economy have contributed to the digital transformation in the healthcare sector

Virtual Hospitals

The next wave?

Imagine a scenario where the multispecialty hospitals worry less about patient walkins and focus more on offering clinical healthcare from a distance Here doctors and patients are not bound by the physical walls as hospitals make better use of digital technologies for providing virtual healthcare to patients No were not talking about an imaginary w...

Digital Transformation in Healthcare

With digital transformation the consumer rather than the technology is in the drivers seat and this matters Forbes Digital transformation has been the buzz word across industries the world over Healthcare as a sector has been relying on technology to provide better care in an efficient and effective manner Technology has revolutionised the

Deep Learning in Medical Imaging

Opportunities galore

Medical imaging plays a vital role in clinical practice Advancements in machine learning especially deep learning have contributed to a better understanding of medical images Deep learning helps in providing accurate prediction from datasets and can diagnose disease as accuratelyas expert physicians

Pain Management

Time to shift gears!

According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies million Americans suffer from chronic pain Pain is a critical public health issue in the United States costing the society US billion equivalent to per individual every year However it is not just an American epidemic chronic pain affects the lives of billion across the world Du...

Achieving High Reliability

The zero harm way

Despite nearly two decades of intense improvement efforts healthcare continues to be plagued by serious quality and safety problems Too many patients suffer from preventable infections falls with injury medication errors and other adverse events Mark Chassin President and CEO of The Joint Commission As

Innovations and Regulations in Healthcare

Bridging the Gap

Healthcare systems around the world have been grappling with challenges of meeting the everincreasing demand for better care Innovation and technological advancements have played a key role in improving care However innovation does not necessarily limit to new products or technologies More often than not innovation can happen around organising or e...

Healthcare in Southeast Asia

Opportunities and challenges alike

The Southeast Asias emerging countries are expected to witness tremendous growth in healthcare spending by These include Indonesia Philippines and Vietnam which are witnessing a widening reach and expansion of their healthcare systems to serve thousands of patients that have for long been deprived of proper care According to the Economist Intellig...

Artificial Intelligence

Redesigning healthcare

Evolving usage of technology in our daily lives is changing the healthcare industry to a great extent Machine learning and Artificial IntelligenceAI are already facilitating significant advancements to drive efficiencies and improve the quality of care This transformation is promising to continue its significance in the coming years Every day an...

Connected Devices -Bridging the healthcare information gap

The growth in connected medical devices and mobile medical apps can boost longterm patientengagement New data from Juniper Research suggests that the number of Internet of Things IoT connected devices would be US billion in up from US billion in The proliferation of connected devicesaccounting for US billion in and an expected US billion by in...

Augmented and Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Tools for providing better care

From Telemedicine to PHRs to EMRs to mHealth technology has for long been at forefront of providing better healthcare services to patients From digitization to mobile revolution healthcare industry has seen it all The world is slowly moving from mobile to wearable devices thanks to disruptive technologies like Virtual Reality VR and Augmented Reali...

Managing Change

For successful transitions

Its never easy but is always necessary Culture change is harder than trying to go in and fix something But culture change is important because otherwise you dont have sustainabilityJoseph Fortuna Chair of the American Society for Qualitys Healthcare Division Change is an essential conc

Healthcare in Southeast Asia

Poised for growth

Rapid economic growth and growing populationhave combined to create a critical situation forSoutheast Asian governments Even as thespending on healthcare systems in the regionhas increased with the increase in incidences ofadverse health conditions it looks like demandis outstripping the supply of healthcare in theregion

Healthcare Technology

The altering landscape

Digitisation of processes has opened up a vista of opportunities for healthcare providers to deliver high quality services efficiently Innovations such as optical scanner needlefree diabetes care and remote stroke diagnosis help practitioners better diagnose the diseases and perform relevant surgical procedures Healthcare technol

eHealth Revolution

New paradigm for healthcare information technology

We are moving towards a digital era where more and more things are electronic so more so than ever before the healthcare provider needs to know everything about it Kurt Long CEO FairWarning

The adaptation continues

The global market place continues to be a test for healthcare providers The technology boom combined with trends such as rising costs shortage of healthcare professionals growing consumerism and a greater than ever focus on patient safety have meant that providers are in a seemingly endless cycle of adaptation Like in other

Healthcare Genomics

Ever since the beginning of the Human Genome Project HGP in the talk of revolutionary changes it could unleash on medicine and healthcare as a whole began However for a while it appeared to be a mere mirage and science seemed to enrich science without ever leading to delivery of any useful products or services affecting human life That is now begi...

Online PHRs

Bridging the information divide

A patients health record is perhaps the most important yet most scarcely shared aspect of the healthcare process Whether in primary care or emergency a doctor having access to the patients medical history is better equipped to provide the right care at the right time As it happens patient information is bound by the geographical reach of a hospital

Healthcare Governance

Time for a revamp

Corporate governance structures across businesses are witnessing a sea change with hierarchies and egos being sacrificed for efficiencies This change has been abetted by factors such as globalisation and growing consumer awareness Organisations have realised the need to change and their leaders are working towards creating governing structures that...

Patient-Centred Healthcare

Moving beyond ailment

Healthcare providersin Asia and the rest of the worldare yet to come to terms with the paradigm shift that is taking place in the provision of healthcare A relook at planning delivery and evaluation of care is the order of the day The healthcare processes need to be aligned to ensure that the patient is treated as a consumer T

Socially responsible, efficient healthcare

Socially responsible, efficient healthcare

It has been the fundamental premise that business organisations exist to create wealth for their shareholders ever since Adam Smiths Wealth of Nations laid the foundations of classical free market economic theory in the th century Several countries began building their economies on the free market model under which business organisations regard the...

Rx for Transformation

Focusing on value-based healthcare

According to the Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services CMS total US healthcare costs are projected to reach nearly US trillion by According to SwissRes projections AsiaPacifics healthcare costs are expected to reach US trillion by In the US the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act PPAC

Asia’s tryst with accreditations

Asia’s tryst with accreditations

Plato surely was advising physicians not to be mere money makers Enter international accreditations Asian hospitals now have an opportunity to make money as well as put the patients interest as first and foremost The National Heart Centre Singapore on achieving the Joint Commission International JCI accreditation proudly proclaimed We have learnt t...

Medical Tourism

Enhancing patient satisfaction

Since the time of Roman Britain when patients travelled to the Hot Water Springs in the hope of curing their diseases medical tourism has grown in scale with high quality treatments and costeffective care packages available Healthcare providers are now moving to the next level in medical tourism and international patient management The objective no...

Data Standards for Medical Devices

A New Milestone

The US Food and Drug Administrations FDA Unique Device Identification UDI regulation is a milestone in the efforts to make medical devices more effective and safe The regulation establishes a single device identification system that is consistent standardised and globally harmonised This comes at a time when regulators the world over are taking sim...

The mHealth Revolution

This shift is being driven by the combination of greater smartphone adoption mobile internet penetration and a spurt in healthcare applications There has been a dramatic growth in the use of mobile applications for healthcare the market for which is estimated to reach US billion by the end of Also million of a total

Healthcare’s Transformation

Data and mobility lead the way

Advancements in technology are at the heart of improved healthcare outcomes Two such advancements that are currently in the spotlight deal with improved data management and mobile computing Electronic records are pervasive today Twothirds of US primary care physicians reported using EMRs in a remarkable rise of from

Breast Cancer - The changing face

History traces detection of Breast cancer malignant breast neoplasm in Egypt to as early as BC Over the centuries a wide variety of explanations were proposed with no conclusion given till date At one point in time breast cancer was treated as divine punishment by patients In the modern era advances in medical sciences and technology improved dete...

Healthcare in India

A picture of contradictions

This observation is perhaps best vindicated by the state of healthcare in India While the private healthcare continues to grow buoyed by investments from domestic and international healthcare providers the condition of stateowned healthcare institutions remains as appalling as it used to be before the private sector boom According to the Government...

Redefining Care Delivery

At a time when healthcare expenditures are on the rise a new concept for care delivery is taking roots valuebased healthcare or the patient health outcome per dollar spent This model of care delivery focuses on the outcome delivered by the care provider rather than just the cost of delivering it or the financial success of the stakeholders