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A message from Cerner Asia
Health disparity within Asia is broad; according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of 191 nations in 2000 Singapore ranks 6th best in the world, compared to the United States at 37, Malaysia at 49, Indonesia at 92, China at 144 and finally Myanmar at 190.
Although the report is now 13 years old, it speaks to the challenges across Asia – challenges that can be bridged through improved utilization of integrated Health Information Technology (HIT) platforms.
Health delivery and financing models in the region are inconsistent, which causes significant variance in focus for both public and private health care organizations. Countries without universal coverage are focused on efficiency and higher throughput to drive revenue, while those that have universal coverage are challenged with increased spending due to a rapidly growing and aging population, as well as higher expectations from their citizens.
As an example, Singapore, with universal coverage and 4 percent GDP spend on health care (2012), has realized that new models of care are needed. The country’s rapidly growing and aging population (e.g. – Silver Tsunami) will cause GDP spend to increase significantly if new models of care delivery are not adopted – many of which will be driven by HIT.
Only so many hospitals can be built and health care professionals hired. Integrated HIT systems will allow for efficient, safe, and high quality health care organizations – through functions such as integrated care pathways and evidence-based medicine protocols, to name a few.
HIT is not simply about Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). Cerner’s goal since our founding in 1979 has been to improve the health of the population; whether it is a family, a community, or a nation. EMRs are the foundation to build a population health platform with the person, or consumer, at the center.
We, as individuals, do not want to be a ‘patient’ and need the means to participate in our own health. Improved knowledge and engagement will enhance accountability and create a healthier population, while reducing spend.
Cerner is proud to have been in the region continuously since 1990 and has regional offices in both Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. We look forward to improving the health of communities in ASEAN, China, and beyond.
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