Singapore – The COVID-19 pandemic saw hospitals globally scramble to set up more beds, source for ventilators, and ensure that they could be monitored by frontline staff. Several countries in the APAC region introduced guidelines for connected health services to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. For example, in Singapore, at-home recovery has been instituted as the default care management protocol for fully vaccinated individuals who are infected, so as not to overwhelm healthcare facilities. This strategy, which currently applies for up to 40 percent of cases every day, leverages telemedicine services and gives us a glimpse of the potential of future care delivery beyond traditional hospital settings.
Dr Peter Ziese, MD, PhD, Head of Medical Strategy and Innovation, Philips, together with Dr Quek Sin LatChief Executive Officer, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, and Dr Ronnie Ptasznik, Program Director, Monash Health Imaging, Monash Health, expanded on this further at a recent keynote session ‘Inside the hospital of the future’ at HIMSS21 APAC Conference & Exhibition (HIMSS21 APAC), which was moderated by Ivy Lai, Country Manager, Philips Singapore.