Updated on 6 May 2014
Asian countries are giving considerable importance to enhancing their healthcare delivery platforms through technology implementation
Information technology (IT) has emerged as a viable solution to cut down the cost of healthcare industry through solutions like cloud computing, mobile health services, real time monitoring, electronic health records and electronic medical records. The implemented projects at Asia and global level have demonstrated the quality, safety, and efficiency enhancement of healthcare delivery. The technology solutions allow healthcare providers to collect, store, retrieve, and transfer information in a faster and safer way and enables point-of-care delivery and remote patient monitoring at low costs and resources.
Global healthcare IT market is expected to grow from $99.6 billion in 2010 to $162.2 billion in 2015, at a CAGR of 10.2 percent from 2010 to 2015. Healthcare industry is witnessing a surge in the adoption of technology and cloud computing is expected to bring revolution in the healthcare IT market. With increasing implementation of IT in healthcare platforms, delivery models are gradually shifting from clinics to home care through preventive healthcare, remote patient monitoring and telemedicine.
MNCs take the lead
Asian countries are giving considerable importance to enhancing their healthcare delivery platforms through technology implementation and multinational companies like HP, Cisco, Intel and Dell are eyeing growing opportunities through their versatile solutions.
Tapping the opportunity, Dell Services launched a cloud-based solution to deliver clinical and financial systems for healthcare providers in India, targeted at midsized hospitals, large hospital chains and clinical networks. The solutions offered by the IT giant provide access to uniform workflows and customized reports across the ecosystem through a centralized approach.
The solution enables healthcare providers to adopt automated workflows and business processes using a single system that reduces administrative hassles and paper records. The IT enabled ecosystem also prevents manual errors and time delays and enhances the decision making process.
Commenting on the role of cloud in enabling better healthcare outcomes, Dr Ashwin Naik, Founder and CEO, Vaatsalya, India's hospital network focused on Tier II and Tier III towns said, "The healthcare industry in India is increasingly turning to IT adoption to improve patient outcomes. As hospitals and providers expand their operations with new referral centers, facilities, and acquisitions in new geographies, the need to access, integrate and connect these disparate systems is gaining importance. Cloud-based technology has the potential to addresses most of the IT-related issues, access to the right information at the right time and operational efficiency among others. More importantly it is affordable, scalable and flexible."
Options like Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model by MNCs allow healthcare providers to quickly respond to increasing demands of infrastructure and storage, and train staff without huge capital investments.
Collaboration is another way through which global IT firms are integrating their service in healthcare domain. For instance, global telecom giant Vodafone partnered with AstraZeneca to use mobile health (mHealth) services to improve health outcomes for patients with cardiovascular conditions by creating a new mobile and internet-based service to support patients through their treatment process.
Through a partnership approach, Vodafone is building the technology, infrastructure and expertise for AstraZeneca to capture data from a variety of sources to improve overall engagement between patients and their health care professionals.