The Role Of Healthcare Innovation For The Elderly Populations In Asia-Pacific
07
Jul

The Role Of Healthcare Innovation For The Elderly Populations In Asia-Pacific

Ram Tumuluri “The latest available estimates indicate that the share of the population aged 60 + years and older in the Asia Pacific will grow from 7.6 percent in 2015 to 17.8 percent by 2050. The aging population in this area presents major and policy challenges for economies, communities, and particularly the health sector. Despite populations aging rapidly in the Asia pacific, health systems have identified the need to concentrate more on how they can deliver continuous treatment and manage complex scenarios. In this article, our team takes a look at the framework for implementing healthcare technologies for the elderly populations in Asia-Pacific.”

In this article:

The Future of Healthcare technology

Framework for Implementing Healthcare Technologies 

Implementation Challenges

The Future of Healthcare Technology

There is also great interest in the use of robotics to assist the delivery of health care services. Robotic-assisted surgery has been widely implemented in the United States and Europe and can deliver major improvements in efficiency. Given that the aging population puts greater pressure on limited health services, robotic technologies that reduce the burden on health workers, as well as increasing accessibility of treatment for older patients, are likely to play a growing role in health care systems. Considerable investment is underway in the development of companion robots, with already a number of animal and humanoid androids. Other technologies include online clinical consultations with experts, autonomous treatment such as anaesthesia, rooms and facilities for sterilisation, and the use of drones to carry medical equipment to remote regions. 

Framework for Implementing Healthcare Technologies

Governments and international medical associations have already started developing frameworks to guide the effective implementation of e-Health initiatives. The WHO was the driving force behind the development of an e-Health strategy toolkit designed to guide and assist countries in developing national e-health strategies. The toolkit is formulated around three core tasks: developing a vision for e-health, putting it into action and evaluation. Many Asian countries have developed national e-health strategies, though fewer have specific policies in place for specific e-health components, such as Tele-health. However, the rapidly emerging healthcare technologies mean policymakers have to face the challenges of developing regulatory mechanisms that are versatile enough to allow innovation and growth while protecting users.

Implementation Challenges

Access to mobile and Internet technology has spread throughout the Asia Pacific. However, there are significant variations between countries when it comes to indicating different capabilities and willingness to interact with and incorporate e-health care solutions. Another issue facing policy-makers is how access to technologies will be funded. Given concerns about the costs of e-health programs, discussions have been held about whether those expenditures should be borne by people who directly benefit from the product/ service or by society.