In a sprawling archipelago made up of 17,000 islands and sometimes difficult land connections, the digital revolution will soon transform the way people access healthcare. In the short term, the greatest disruption will come from telemedicine, facilitated by a growing array of apps that give patients direct access to GPS and subsequently order medicines for home delivery, directly on their mobile phones. Examples of local players already offering the service are Halo Doc, Apotik Antar, and Alo Dokter.
Andy Richards, an investor in digital health, in the last issue of The Economist ("A digital revolution in health care is speeding up") argues that three groups are fighting a war for control of the "health-care value chain".
One group comprises "traditional innovators" -- pharmaceutical firms, hospitals and medical-technology companies such as GE Healthcare, Siemens, Medtronic and Philips. A second category is made up of "incumbent players", which include health insurers, pharmacy-benefit managers (which buy drugs in bulk), and as single-payer health-care systems. The third group are the technology "insurgents", including Google, Apple, Amazon and a host of hungry entrepreneurs that are creating apps, predictive-diagnostics systems and new devices. In emerging economies, where regulations on health data are less onerous and where people often already expect to pay to see a doctor, faster growth and innovation is in the making.
These and related topics will be discussed at CPhI SEA in 2 weeks' time. Tailored to suit this fast-changing industry, the 6th edition of CPhI South East Asia, taking place during 22-24 March 2017 in Jakarta, provides the must-attend trade exhibition where the regional pharma industry meets to leverage connections, knowledge and insight to spur business.
Government supporters: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, National Agency for Drug and Food Control
Trade and Professional Organization Supporters: The Indonesian Pharmaceutical Association (GP Farmasi Indonesia), Pharma Materials Management Club (PMMC), International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group (IPMG), the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), and the Indonesian Pharmacists Association (IAI)
Regional Supporters: Pharmaceutical Society of Singapore (PSS), Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PReMA) - Thailand, Malaysian Association of Pharmaceutical Suppliers.
The CPhI series of events drives growth and innovation in the global pharmaceutical industry, with leading exhibitions and online communities covering every step of the supply chain from drug discovery to finished dosage.
More than 100,000 visitors meet over 6,000 exhibitors at events in Europe, China, India, Japan, South East Asia, Russia, Brazil, Istanbul and Korea every year to exchange ideas, form alliances and conduct business on an international scale.
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