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Hacking Health Clinic Series : Uberisation of Healthcare

Technology is growing at a rapid rate over the last couple of decades. A whole new generation is growing up in an environment where communication is seamless and where the world literally resides within your computer.

Healthcare remains an area where change has been slow. The financial, airline and retail businesses have been rapidly adopting technology to its advantage. It is inevitable that the delivery of healthcare will change in the years to come.

There are already a few startups focusing on delivering healthcare in this digital era in Malaysia. It removes the need for a physical space and literally puts healthcare at your fingertips. At Hacking Health, we believe that this is the way forward. However, regulation in this area is still lacking and the potential for disaster remains high. Planning its future course especially among stakeholders is key in order to ensure its sustainability, growth and acquire a high adoption rate among the different strata of society.

This session hopes to understand the inspiration behind these healthcare startups and to tackle some of the pertinent issues surrounding ‘Uberisation of Healthcare’.

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There are many individuals wondering what on earth does Hacking Health do. Hackers have never come with positive impressions, so why would one want to be part of this?

At Hacking Health, we endeavor to build a community where conversations and ideas are free flowing. This culture must be cultivated if we are to succeed in improving the healthcare IT landscape.

Do we need to be IT savvy to be part of this revolution? Do we need to be cash rich to be part of this phenom?

If there is a single point in healthcare that matter most, it is likely the quality of the patient-doctor relationship. Ultimately it all boils down to this one aspect that will set the tone for entire healthcare infrastructure.

Technology has to help and aid this very moment in healthcare. Making it efficient and pleasant for both the patient and caregiver. Ensuring that information is passed in the most efficient of manner to the patient and to provide doctors with enough information to assess the patient.

Medical Education

Digital Tech: Starting early

Technology is advancing at such a rapid stage that keeping up with the latest may not be possible. However, there are certain fundamental issues that can be tackled early during medical education to prepare future doctors in facing the inevitable era of digitalisation in healthcare.

Medical schools are often slow to change. The delivery of information is still in the didactic format and much of the process of learning appear unchanged from decades ago. These future graduates are then expected to navigate through a rapidly changing healthcare landscape where information is free flowing.

Many medical students are still clerking their patients the conventional way as often times the EMR is not accessible to them. Navigating the digital environment in the modern consultation room is a skill that often times is neglected in medical schools. Hence, the inability to prioritise and manage the myriad of digital tools and deluge of information at the point of care.

Indeed, medical education MUST change to reflect the changes that are occurring in the real world. I believe that change starts from this stage of medical education. Championing digital healthcare at a later stage may be more futile and only invite resistance due to the unfamiliar expectations.

Dr Benjamin Cheah, Hacking Health KL co-Leader

Malaysia has a rising aging population. Caring for the elderly is becoming difficult as the social fabric and family structures change. Soon, they will be the forgotten segment of society, being expected to fend for themselves, being in unforgiving and punishing environments. Elderly friendly areas are few and far in between.