Updated on 22 September 2014
Mr Alden Zecha, CFO and Strategist, Sproxil believes that improved digital health is having a "democratizing" effect on healthcare delivery
Singapore: One of the hottest topics on the horizon in the today's healthcare industry is Digital Health, but what does that term mean exactly? According to the Digital Health Institute, "Digital Health is an upcoming discipline that involves the use of information and communication technologies to help address the health problems and challenges we all face." This definition implies a promise that technology will improve healthcare - just as society has benefitted from technology in many others aspects of life. Are we on the dawn of a new age in healthcare?
Speaking to BioSpectrum Asia Mr Alden Zecha, CFO and Strategist, Sproxil, highlighted that digital health offers a lot of promise in shaping the healthcare sector.
Q. What, in your opinion has been the breakthrough digital health technology in the world?
A. Great question - there have been very innovative digital health technology breakthroughs across a broad spectrum of healthcare sectors that should be part of this dialogue.
Here are a few examples:
In the area of diagnosis, we saw a major technological breakthrough in ophthalmology: a special lens was developed that works with mobile phones to enable doctors to remotely examine patients' eyes in order to determine what prescription lens are required to help them with vision problems. This capability helps get glasses to people who otherwise may not have access to them.