Effective delivery of healthcare resources is incredibly important across the globe. In the United States, for example, changes in Medicare reimbursement have forced health systems to focus more and more on patient “outcomes.” American hospitals and medical groups are therefore very motivated to implement new technology that aids in improving patient health while also reducing costs. However, efficient care delivery is even more critical in places like Asia with limited resources, high populations, and emerging health epidemics.
We would all be wise to take notes from Asian healthcare innovations that improve care delivery efficiency:
- China, India and other developing nations in the Far East have learned that increased wealth often results in increased disease. With the adoption of Western luxuries that include processed foods, tobacco and alcohol, and with newly-found sedentary lifestyles, many Asians now suffer from obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Fortunately, healthcare systems have responded and are utilizing technology such as mobile phone apps to help educate their patients on lifestyle dangers. Practitioners and nurses are also using Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) technology to proactively track patient vital signs including blood pressure and glucose levels. These real-time readings ensure that patients receive intervention prior to suffering serious medical episodes like heart attack or stroke.
- High population density often results in fewer resources, increased poverty and a need for improved efficiency in patient care delivery. This is simply a mathematical fact for many living in China, India and much of Southeast Asia. Therefore, the healthcare community has responded by developing and implementing technology to supplement human resources. The afore-mentioned RPM tech is one example of how Asian markets are making the most of innovation. Other technologies that are also improving the efficiency of care delivery include remote patient visits via video conferencing, which is often called “Virtual Care.” Any community in the world that faces a shortage of doctors and nurses, and many places in the United States, can benefit from virtual care solutions.
- While much of the world faces exploding populations, Japan is actually confronting the opposite problem. They have an upside-down demographic with millions of elderly citizens and fewer young people. The result is that many seniors are in need of caregivers, but there’s simply nobody around to help. Because of this demographic crisis, Japan is now leading the development of senior-care technology. Japanese innovations include automated medication management, virtual care solutions and even “smart home” systems that use sensors and cameras to monitor home-bound seniors. Though the United States enjoys healthy population growth, the needs of aging Baby Boomers still create caregiver and nursing shortages.
Healthcare companies across the world, including those in the United States, should carefully monitor Asia’s innovations. By pulling inspiration from their real-life laboratories, everyone can improve patient outcomes while also increasing efficiency in care delivery. If your business has staffing needs in San Diego County, please contact us today.