In the frame of the ‘Asia-Europe Dialogue on Digitalisation’, the German Healthcare Partnership co-organised the conference ‘Digital Health Asia – The Future Transformation’ on the 24th April 2018 in Berlin. To explore the current state of the healthcare digitalisation in Asian countries the conference discussed with an interested audience from sectors ranging from pharma, medical devices, and health IT the upcoming challenges, opportunities, and future transformational changes that will impact the respective market eco-systems in Asia with a global (and German) comparative perspective in mind.

Governments in Asia’s diverse countries seek to develop affordable, universal and patient-centric healthcare. Whereas this general aim is uncontroversial, trends such as the ongoing and accelerating digitalization of healthcare infrastructures, the emergence of artificial intelligence and big data applications will significantly impact existing healthcare delivery models. The access to healthcare and ambitions to foster patient empowerment will not remain unaffected by these trends.

In the course of the discussion, experts and industry professional addressed how healthcare digitalisation in Asia’s emerging markets will help to cope with the rapid increase of ‘life style diseases’ and the corresponding cost explosion. With the observed massive investment in artificial intelligence the discussion further tackled questions related to the handling of data privacy issues and the development of a particular ‘Asian Way’ of the digital healthcare transformation.