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The committee involves 100+ members from 45+ MedTech companies

Digital health has been one of the hottest terms of the last decade and will be even more so in the future.

Digital health has been one of the hottest terms of the last decade and will be even more so in the future. Digital health technologies can empower consumers to make informed choices about their own health and provide new options to health care professionals in terms of disease prevention, diagnosis and management. This is providing new opportunities to MedTech companies and other stakeholders in the field, but also implies many challenges: regulatory, data governance, market access, technical, legal, ethical, etc.

The committee involves 100+ members from 45+ MedTech companies (large MNCs, SMEs, start-ups), organised in 4 working groups with the following objectives:

  • Cybersecurity to raise awareness on the need of harmonized policy frameworks for cybersecurity.
  • Interoperability to raise awareness on the need of a unique set of standards to allow interoperability.
  • Regulatory to develop regulatory measures that support digital health.
  • Reimbursement to establish optimal reimbursement schemes for digital health solutions.
  • To work together on transversal and strategic topics in APAC, investigating how digital health is changing the role of the physician, impacting the patient journey, their access to care, and the establishment of new partnerships.

Digital Health Today

Examples of what constitutes digital health:

Artificial Intelligence

Machine Learning


Health Apps & Software as a Medical device

Electronic Medical Reports

3D printing

Next Generation Sequencing




Valued at $144.2 billion USD in 2018 and predicted to grow to $206 billion USD by the end of 2020, the global digital health market is growing at a CAGR of 27.7%

APACMed Digital Health Survey – Results and Recommendations

Key Technologies

Examples of technology applications
in digital health:

  • Augmented reality for diagnosis and health education
  • Artificial intelligence in medical decision support
  • Portable connected medical devices to enable healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat patients outside of the hospital setting
  • Genomic analysis to customise treatments
  • Health sensor to enable patients/consumers to monitor their health: wearables, digital tattoos, smart clothes
  • 3D-printed tissues, skin, blood vessels, bones and organs
  • Robotic nurse assistants
  • Big data and AI to drive precision medicine and identify the best treatments for patients based on genetics, environment and lifestyle

Key Stakeholders

The digital health ecosystem is diverse and brings together different stakeholders, from traditional healthcare players to new entrants in the field:

  • MedTech companies, Pharmaceutical companies, and start-ups are driving smart healthcare to improve patient outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare delivery
  • New players have entered the field - tech giants and car manufacturers are an example
  • Healthcare professionals are changing the way they manage patients thanks to technology
  • Hospitals are integrating digital technologies
  • Patients are empowered by technology and are becoming more active in managing their own health and treatment when they are ill
  • Governments are working on regulatory and reimbursement policies to help bring digital health applications and products to patients

Objectives of the Digital Health Functional Committee:

  • Increase the readiness of APACMed members in digital health by facilitating knowledge sharing
  • Promote digital health for the benefit of patients and healthcare systems by advocating for policies that ease digital health innovation: data security, privacy, governance, harmonized standards, regulatory and value-based reimbursement



Elisabeth Staudinger

Board Sponsor
Alex Lee

Alex Lee

APAC Strategic Planning and Partnerships Director at Abbott Diabetes Care
Interoperability Working Group Chair

Jim Sarka

Vice President & CIO, Business Technology, Asia Pacific
Johnson & Johnson
Cyber Security Working Group Chair

Varun Veigas

Regional Manager, Regulatory Affairs, Asia Pacific
Roche Diagnostics Asia Pacific
Regulatory Working Group Chair

Anh Bourcet

Director, ASPAC Health Economics & Market Access, Health Outcomes, Global Orthopedics & Biosurgery
Johnson & Johnson
Reimbursement Working Group Chair
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