HIMSS 2022: Digitalisation of Health Services are Accelerating in the Post Pandemic

The ever-increasing digitalisation of infrastructures will help boost the market’s new players for service providers, service enablers, collaborative platforms, key application programming interface vendors and other digital healthcare solutions managers.

HIMSS 2022: Digitalisation of Health Services are Accelerating in the Post Pandemic

The digitalization of healthcare infrastructure and outcomes were essential during the height of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Citing the need for distance wellness and diagnosis at a time where state at home mandates were in full-effect, patients, physicians and healthcare institutions had to adopt – and the rate of their adoption was far faster than what was initially forecasted. For non-emergency cases such as general consultations, routine checkups and distance diagnosis – telemedicine or telemetry was the primary mode for patient and healthcare interactions.

Moving forward to two years – the world has made tremendous efforts in fighting back against COVID-19, from vaccination of the population to new protocols basing on scientific evidence on combatting the transmission of the virus – economies were able to open and healthcare events such as the 2022 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference and Exhibitions in Orlando, Florida was made possible.

HIMS 2022: Reinvent Health

During the two years where the world of healthcare and infectious diseases were combatting the coronavirus, digital infrastructures were made more accessible to both patients and healthcare providers alike. The processing of patient information, to healthcare insurance and its payments were made more efficient to accommodate the ever-increasing reliance on digital infrastructures for the industry to sustain and keep pace with the accelerating digital demand for healthcare during this period.

When we talk of reinventing health, which is the core topic of HIMS 2022 this year, we reflect back on how globally disruptive the pandemic was, as all we know about healthcare and wellness were challenged to its principle. In light of the disruption, came the light of innovation as global healthcare institutions made digitalization a prime capital to invest both time and resources on – making sure things are efficient, accessible and flexible to service the soon to be main mode of basic and non-emergency cases of doctor to patient interactions.

Applications such as Blockchain, decentralization, online portals, health exchange systems and online payments and settlements saw a leap on either research funding and rapid adoption to cope with the seemingly instant digitalization of primary healthcare services --- and the need for accurate, more efficient and more collaborations in dealing with COVID-19 cases that may require several doctors monitoring patient outcomes through distance diagnosis.

As we reinvent healthcare, we look forward to the further evolution of healthcare digitalization as service enablers, health platforms and conversion of online and offline applications in the field of applied medicine will be needed as we enter a hybrid age of healthcare accessibility and manageability for overall better healthcare outcomes.

Philippine HIMS: Opportunities in 2022 and Beyond

The Philippine delegation to HIMSS 2022 was led by the efforts of The Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through working with its attached agencies, the Board of Investments (BOI) and the Export Marketing Bureau (EMB) alongside the initiative of Healthcare Information Management Association of the Philippines (HIMAP) President, Mr Vincent Remo. The Philippine-based companies were represented in HIMSS 2022: Visaya KPO, DynaQuest Technology Services Inc., Connext Global Solutions, HYBrain Development Corporation, ADEC Innovations, Inspiro, Advanced World Solutions, Pointwest Innovations Corporation, and Phoenix Virtual Solutions. 

Amongst the Philippine delegation is DynaQuest’s Country Director, Gail Cruz-Macapagal. Gail is also the Vice President of HIMAP and a member of the Board of Trustee.

“It is an honor to be part of the Philippine delegation in HIMSS 2022,” said Gail. “We as a collective, aim to reintroduce the Philippines’ Health Information – Technology and Management capabilities to service the evolving needs of healthcare providers and institutions as the market shifts to a more efficient and more flexible setup through innovation.”

With the combined efforts of the Philippine delegation, the DTI reported that the contingent had generated roughly 300 leads, 25 of which are considered to be closed deals, and four (4) partnership agreements with major industry players. Collectively, the sales is estimated to be around USD $30 - $40 Million.

According to the Philippine News Agency, the country’s HIMS sector is eyeing a $5 Billion revenue threshold this year. The country has been a major global player for health information technology and process management – often hosting and servicing global healthcare institutions ranging from patient care solutions providers, the electronic health records (EHR) industry and global health insurance providers through IT, back-office functions, health information coding and network & systems development services.

The ever-increasing digitalisation of infrastructures will help boost the market’s new players for service providers, service enablers, collaborative platforms, key application programming interface vendors and other digital healthcare solutions managers.