Updated on 1 December 2014
Mr Gary Newbold, vice president, Asia Pacific & Japan, Extreme Networks, Singapore
Singapore: The healthcare industry is at a disruptive stage globally and patient's involvement and engagement in their own health is on the rise, urging healthcare organizations to reinforce and modernize their IT infrastructures.
Forbes recently highlighted that healthcare tech is an industry to watch in 2014 . In Asia Pacific, healthcare IT spending are predicted to grow by 8 percent CAGR by 2018. It is becoming imperative to improve not only the patient's, but also the caregiver's experience. Faster Wi-Fi, BYOD, wireless medical devices are all on people's minds and there is an increasing demand for hospital network's performance to evolve in order to face this trend.
While the politics and business models of healthcare services differ greatly from one country to another, the trends impacting IT operations do not. Here are some of the top trends that will shape the future of healthcare.
1. Patient Safety
Projects around increased patient safety tend to receive a significant amount of attention. Network infrastructure, wireless networking, wired switches may not seem very glamorous or at the forefront of patient safety initiatives, yet they provide the critical foundation. Solutions such as real-time location services or mobile patient telemetry systems are increasingly leveraging the hospital Wi-Fi network. Technology must therefore, be seen as part of the team of carers that contribute to patient care. The advantage of this team member is it obeys a rigid set of instructions and behaves consistently. For instance, electronic prescribing has been shown to make prescription errors 50 percent less likely compared to handwritten ones .