How digital technology can bridge the gap between access and affordability of care


Fabrice Leguet, Managing Director of Siemens Healthineers, Southeast Asia, explains how medical institutions can make healthcare more accessible in the ‘new normal’.

The digital transformation of the healthcare industry is well and truly underway, with many medical institutions and patients alike now widely utilizing technologies such as telehealth, smart wearables, and other various digital applications.

While most healthcare providers had already taken the first steps in embracing digital before COVID-19 struck, it was the pandemic that forced many of them to accelerate the digitalization of their operations and processes.

But, this is only the beginning.

The vast potential for technology in healthcare is yet to be realized – from artificial intelligence, to robotics, to alternative models of care, there are myriad of possibilities that could arise from the industry’s digital revolution.

And Fabrice Leguet, Managing Director of Siemens Healthineers, Southeast Asia, believes that the continued digitalization of healthcare will ultimately lead to better clinical outcomes for patients.

We believe the digitalization of healthcare, today and in the future, is the basis for value-based and patient-centered medicine,” said Leguet.

In future, even without the pandemic, we will see investments not only in telemedicine, but also in digital technologies that will focus on patient engagement, care coordination and enabling a remote workforce. Patients will receive even more precise treatments, which will impact their safety and quality of life."

“We also believe that embracing digital technology will be key in helping Southeast Asia’s health industry bridge the gap between access and the affordability of care.”

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