The Global Chamber Asia Regional Desk hosted their first live virtual multi-metro event on the topic Healthcare Innovations in Emerging Asia. A diverse panel of experts in the healthcare industry from around the region (Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Vietnam and the Philippines) were invited to participate.
This 90-minute broadcast covered the challenges faced by emerging countries, innovations that have resulted from having to develop and deliver in this environment, and ideas to help spread innovations throughout the region to bring higher quality healthcare to the most people.
Most common challenges identified were low levels of infrastructure, the skill gap and lack of medical professionals, limited investors from the private sector that would allow and enhance innovations and lack of regulations and involvement from the government to help provide quality healthcare to the rural areas.
Data gathering plays a very important role to help quantify the problems and be able to communicate this to investors and influence the government to be more focused in their action. According to Rubayat, one of the founding motivations of their company, Jeeon, is to gather data and use analytics to inform and influence policy makers. Reggie has similar insights and shares Novostorm’s best practice of customizing their packages to make their data gathering software more accessible and affordable.
The rise of digitization enables automating processes and adopting new technology that can help address lack of manpower resources and reach those in far-flung areas. As an example, Carl talks about how switching from x-ray films to digital means, would enable hospitals to significantly reduce costs and allow faster exchange of information.
Certainly, there is incredible opportunity for the healthcare industry in Asia!
In closing, Haris delivers a strong message that healthcare is not a business, but a contribution. The rest of the panel members emphasize that improved healthcare can be delivered collectively through collaborations with other regions, as evident in this multi-metro virtual event, and the private and public sector working together to address the challenges discussed.
Will was also very passionate about how leadership is the best policy to promote a healthy environment in emerging markets and how as individuals we should all strive to be healthy.
Catch the full video recording of the discussion here.
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Donations are accepted at Medication for Nepal.
The event was moderated by Colin Christie, the Executive Director for Global Chamber Manila and one of the Regional Leaders of the Global Chamber Asia Regional Desk.
Colin Christie is a serial entrepreneur, connector and collaborator. He is a pioneer in the Philippine IT/BPM industry and served as a founding board member of the Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP). Colin has practiced a life-long passion for embracing transformative technologies, spanning many industries, from manufacturing, to software, to healthcare and education. Colin is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
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