Successful adoption powered by increased investment in AI, data, virtual care and training
The adoption of new care delivery models in APAC is being powered by increased investment in digital health technologies and the expansion of virtual care to more areas of the healthcare ecosystem.
Digital health records are currently the top investment area for APAC’s healthcare leaders (48%). Almost three quarters (74%) of healthcare leaders are planning to invest in AI in the next three years, led by Singapore (84%), followed by Indonesia (76%) and Australia (63%), primarily to predict outcomes (e.g., predict how patients will respond to care plans for more accurate guidance on care pathways, etc.) (39%), for clinical decision support (e.g., in diagnosis or treatment recommendations, early warning scores, automatic disease detection, clinical decision guidelines, etc.) (35%), and to integrate diagnostics (e.g., helping to generate diagnosis from various clinical sources such as imaging and pathology, clinical history, etc) (33%).
The region’s healthcare leaders are also moving towards a distributed healthcare model that prioritizes anytime-anywhere care beyond hospital walls by expanding virtual care to more areas of the healthcare ecosystem other than diagnostics – half (51%) of APAC’s healthcare leaders say that their facility already provides intensive or critical care support virtually and 42% say they plan to do so in the future, whilst 62% of the region’s healthcare leaders say that they are currently providing acute care at home virtually or through in-person visits, and 31% plan to do so in the next three years.
To offer new ways of delivering care, more than half (58%) of the healthcare leaders and younger healthcare professionals in APAC agree that the training available provides healthcare staff with the required skills. Nearly one-third of the healthcare leaders pinpoint data interpretation skills (29%) and staff willingness to adopt new technologies (29%) as success factors in their roll out of new delivery models, whilst 44% of younger healthcare professionals agree that they need better training on new technologies to feel empowered to improve patient care. Having access to more advanced technologies to aid diagnostics (41%) and reduced administrative responsibilities (40%) were also cited as ways to empower them in improving patient care.