According to our healthcare industry analysis for the Asian market, the sector is expected to record positive growth this year. The rising adoption of technology, innovative healthcare access programs, and growing healthcare industry trends like care delivery outside hospital settings are some of the vital factors fueling the growth of this sector. However, players in this industry still have to identify complex and innovative solutions that can tackle key healthcare industry challenges such as access and affordability in Asian countries. Other challenges in the Asian healthcare sector that requires immediate attention include policy innovation, support for new business models, the development of patient-focused technology platforms, and the evolving role of consumers in healthcare.
Based on a comprehensive healthcare industry analysis by experts at Infiniti Research, we have listed some of the top healthcare industry trends and challenges to watch out for in 2019.
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Asian Healthcare industry analysis 2019: Top trends and challenges
Rising need for private health insurance
This year, Asian countries will see an increase in the adoption of private insurance, including in countries such as Japan and Singapore that have a strong universal coverage system in place. Our healthcare industry analysis shows that the rising cost of healthcare services is driving consumers to invest in better protection against healthcare-driven poverty. Furthermore, insurance companies are also bringing in new channels of consumer penetration and wellness-focused products that use advanced technologies to manage consumer health better.
Rise of digital platforms in clinical trials
The increasing cost pressures and a decrease in new drug pipelines have prompted pharmaceutical companies to adopt digital solutions to gain greater efficiency in their research operations. Advanced technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) devices, mHealth platforms, wearables, and crowd-sourcing platforms will facilitate new workflows in clinical trials management and their execution across Asian countries.
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The in-depth healthcare industry analysis of the Asian market conducted by experts at Infiniti Research suggests that value-based reimbursements will soon make its debut in Asian countries. The popular global trend of outcome-based payments and reimbursement models are currently missing in Asia. A closer look into the Asian healthcare industry analysis also shows that industry suppliers, including IT vendors, medical technology companies and pharmaceuticals are already partnering with public and private payers to introduce outcomes-based reimbursement models for expensive therapeutic products and services. Japan is expected to be the first country in Asia to introduce an outcomes-based reimbursement model with China potentially following suit in the near future.
Growth of Home health monitoring platforms
The rise in tech-enabled homecare platforms, which was introduced in Asia a few years ago will start generating returns as well as ecosystem-level partnerships that will consequently result in better market sustainability. Based on Infiniti’s healthcare industry analysis, experts also suggest that the industry will move to the next level with the increasing adoption of home-based sensors, robotics, and AI-enabled home health monitoring platforms.
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