Deploying digital solutions to improve patient outcomes without straining already thin budgets is a dream and a challenge for Asia-Pacific's healthcare system.
The technology that enables these outcomes is already here—and patients are already using them in greater numbers. 66% of consumers in Southeast Asia already prefer remote video-call consultations over face-to-face consultations with doctors, according to VMware's Digital Frontiers 3.0 Study.
Given the increasing pressure to reduce costs, enhance patient outcomes, and improve the bottom line, healthcare organisations are increasingly turning to analytics to support financial and clinical decision making.
The APAC healthcare analytics market, worth USD 2.15 billion in 2021, is estimated to grow into a USD 5.30 billion market by 2026 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.85%.
This development couldn’t have come at a better time: healthcare organisations are collecting more and more data, but often lack the tools to transform them into actionable insights. “Too many health organizations are sitting on a gold mine of data and are ambivalent about what to do with it,” Zuellig Pharma CIO Maikel Kujpers explains. “The valuable and vital information becomes worthless if it is untouched and unanalyzed—keeping us theoretically rich in information but poor in applied knowledge and understanding.”
Data silos are collections of data held by one group that can’t be easily or fully accessible by other groups in the same organisation. Healthcare systems are especially vulnerable to siloes—unsynced patient data can lead to misdiagnosis, incorrect dosages, and other negative repercussions for patients and providers alike.
Silos can be caused by any number of factors. According to one Philips report, many of these challenges prevent healthcare providers from adopting digital health technologies and can ultimately lead to silos such as:
Due to budgetary constraints or institutional inertia, many healthcare facilities’ systems are stuck in the last century.
A 2020 HIMSS Cybersecurity survey found a vast majority (about 80%) of reporting healthcare facilities were still using legacy systems, including Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows XP. This is a problem in more ways than one.
For starters, legacy healthcare systems run on older platforms that often can’t be updated and are highly vulnerable to hacking. They are difficult to maintain, and require IT professionals with niche skillsets to maintain outdated tools and patches.