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Asia Pacific Edition

Join host Tony Estrella in Singapore as he explores the trends and organizations driving health innovation and transformation in Asia Pacific.
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Ep08: Why Critical Illness Insurance in APAC Increases the Need for a Digital Health Ecosystem – a Conversation with Xing Sun from AXA

Across Asia Pacific, the prevalence of chronic disease is increasing rapidly. Both public and private sector insurance providers are faced with challenging choices on how to balance health outcome improvements with increasing costs.   In this episode, Xing Sun and I discuss: The basics of public health and private insurance, including critical illness insurance How individuals buy insurance The role digital health takes for insurers Case studies from AXA including payer to partner strategies Xing Sun is the Head of AXA Next Business Innovation Centre Asia, a hub dedicated to connect AXA to the Asia tech ecosystems and scale innovative business models through partnerships with InsurTech, HealthTech and FinTech players at a global scale. >> Click here to read the transcript Guest's Links and Resources: Connect with Xing Sun: LinkedIn Visit AXA: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Youtube AXA Next Business Innovation Centre Host's Links and Resources: Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony’s Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare | FutureProofing Healthcare APAC index Full White Paper, Summary and Video: A Vision for Asia Pacific in 2050 Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Special thanks to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
March 2, 2021

Ep07: Creating the Front Door to Value-Based Healthcare in APAC Through Telemedicine

Value-based healthcare aligns the incentives of patients, providers, and payers to deliver better health.  In Asia Pacific, provider groups have traditionally operated on a cash or fee-for-service model.  This structure puts pressure on public health systems.        In this episode, we’ll learn:  Why it is challenging to achieve value-based healthcare The opportunity for a digital gateway to engage individuals What ecosystem is required to achieve value-based healthcare including public and private partnerships How clinical expertise + technology leadership are required to stitch this ecosystem together Dr. Patel moved to Singapore from the US in 2008 to found and lead the healthcare team at the Chandler Corporation, a multi-billion dollar investment fund. Prior to practicing law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP in New York, Dr. Patel received an MD and a JD from Columbia University and served as a Clinical Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. >> Click here to read the transcript Guest's Links and Resources: Connect with Snehal Patel: LinkedIn Visit MyDoc: Website | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube Host's Links and Resources: Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony’s Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare | FutureProofing Healthcare APAC index Full White Paper, Summary and Video: A Vision for Asia Pacific in 2050 Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Special thanks to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
February 23, 2021

Ep06: Empowering 190,000+ pharmacists through Digital Health, with Farouk Meralli

In this region, patients will visit the pharmacy 12 times per year.  With low access to physicians, the role of the independent pharmacist is critical for healthcare  In this discussion with Farouk Meralli, CEO of mClinica, we explore: How Farouk’s passion for public health and experiences in pharma prepared him to transform the pharmacy structure in Asia Why is their platform SwipeRx gaining traction in this region What use-cases are they solving for pharmacists and individuals Farouk Meralli is the Founder of mClinica Pharmacy Solutions, a healthcare startup connecting pharmacies in emerging markets through a common mobile technology platform. mClinica operates across Southeast Asia connecting over 40,000 pharmacies and 170,000 pharmacy professionals which reach over 150 million patients. Previously, Farouk held senior roles in strategy and product development at global pharmaceutical companies Pfizer, Sanofi, and Roche. He is the recipient of the Harvard Alumni Public Health Innovator Award, an Endeavor Entrepreneur, a Board Advisor at PATH, and the Chair and Founder of a non-profit organization, Borderless World Volunteers. He holds a Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences and International Development Studies from McGill University and a Masters in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University. >> Click here to read the transcript Guest's Links and Resources: Connect with Farouk Meralli: LinkedIn Visit mClinica: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook Host's Links and Resources: Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony’s Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare | FutureProofing Healthcare APAC index Full White Paper, Summary and Video: A Vision for Asia Pacific in 2050 Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Special thanks to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
February 16, 2021

Ep05: Opportunities for Change in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar

In this episode, Farid Bidgoli - a self-proclaimed science geek - shares his unique perspectives for creating healthcare improvements within these four diverse countries in Southeast Asia with a combined population of over 140 million people.  Learn how the connection with digital health earlier in his career serves as a motivation for partnering with companies to define new ways for delivering healthcare interventions.  Why Farid is so excited about the diversity of opportunities in these countries A description of Roche’s 10-year vision for improving healthcare How Roche can evolve and be part of a broader ecosystem to solve broader healthcare challenges New consumer journeys in ophthalmology with digital health How Roche supporting health system improvements through its FutureProofing Healthcare initiative Farid is a purposeful leader focused on addressing governmental and societal challenges in delivering equitable and sustainable healthcare through systems change and the adoption of innovation. He has over 20 years of multi-disciplinary experience working in the Life Science Industry and has a passion for Digital Health, specifically the use of AI in diagnostics, clinical decision support, population health management as well as the role wearables and biosensors play in Personalizing healthcare. Today, Farid is the General Manager of Roche Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. He focuses on creating a diverse and enabling culture to drive individual learning through experimentation and failure. Prior to Roche, Farid was with MSD, leading global digital solutions and executive partnerships with Verily, Microsoft, Amazon and GE to develop scalable digital health solutions with payers such as the NHS, Beijing Bureau of Health and Aetna International. He is a proud father of 3 and a children’s author. >> Click here to read the transcript Guest's Links and Resources: Connect with Farid Bidgoli: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Roche | Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube Host's Links and Resources: Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony’s Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare | FutureProofing Healthcare APAC index Full White Paper, Summary and Video: A Vision for Asia Pacific in 2050 Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Special thanks to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
February 9, 2021

Ep04: Part 2 – Population Health and Health Catalyst with Farhana Nakhooda

In this episode, I continue the conversation with Farhana Nakhooda, current Head of APAC for Health Catalyst and formerly with IBM Healthcare and Life Sciences.  This conversation hones in on how technology enables more effective population health programs. Farhana shares lessons learned and aspirations for improving the lives of others across Asia Pacific.  What are the components of a population health model? How did Farhana bring this model to life through an ecosystem of partners in Australia? How can Health Catalyst drive improvements in health outcome across Asia Pacific? How to address the data challenge across Asia Pacific? Farhana has more than 20 years of international experience in the healthcare and life sciences industry as medical researcher and as a subject matter expert. She has played a key role in healthcare transformation projects in Singapore, Australia, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand as well as Europe and Middle East/Africa. She has a long-standing reputation of patient advocacy and approaches her work with passion and commitment for Healthcare transformation enabled by technology. She has been invited to speak as an industry expert at events, press interviews and other healthcare/life sciences forums in multiple countries globally.  >> Click here to read the transcript Guest's Links and Resources: Connect with Farhana Nakhooda: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Health Catalyst | Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube Host's Links and Resources: Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony’s Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare Full White Paper, Summary and Video: A Vision for Asia Pacific in 2050 Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Special thanks to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
February 2, 2021

Ep03: Part 1 – Asia Pacific Challenges and Opportunities with Farhana Nakhooda

In this episode, I have a conversation with Farhana Nakhooda, current Head of APAC for Health Catalyst and formerly with IBM Life Sciences. We discuss what it's like to work in a regional role spanning Asia Pacific.   Join us as we have a lively conversation on the intricacies of this region and lessons we’ve taken away from our professional and personal experiences from living and working in APAC.   Here are some topics we cover: How does cultural history, health system similarities, and geographic location define the six clusters within Asia Pacific?   What are some ways to identify common customer problems in Asia Pacific which can be solved through technology? How does current economic status, historical health system design, and cultural norms affect the way individuals interact with healthcare? Farhana has more than 20 years of international experience in the healthcare and life sciences industry as medical researcher and as a subject matter expert. She has played a key role in healthcare transformation projects in Singapore, Australia, India, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, China, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand as well as Europe and Middle East/Africa. She has a long-standing reputation of patient advocacy and approaches her work with passion and commitment for Healthcare transformation enabled by technology. She has been invited to speak as an industry expert at events, press interviews and other healthcare/life sciences forums in multiple countries globally.  >> Click here to read the transcript Links and Resources: Connect with Farhana Nakhooda: LinkedIn | Twitter Visit Health Catalyst | Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | YouTube Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony’s Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare Full White Paper, Summary and Video: A Vision for Asia Pacific in 2050 Follow Digital Health Today: Browse Episodes | Twitter | LinkedIn | Facebook | Instagram Follow Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Special thanks to: Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Takeda Roche
January 27, 2021

About Digital Health Today - Asia Pacific Edition

In this extension to the long-running Digital Health Today series, Tony Estrella focuses in on the Asia Pacific region and dives into topics ranging from:
  • how to segment this region of 40+ countries spanning over 4.6 billion people
  • how are the traditional roles of patients, payers, and providers different in this region
  • comparing and contrasting the challenges people face in healthcare across this region as compared to western countries
  • what motivates some of the leading minds to push forward with disruptive solutions
The Asia Pacific region is seeing exciting growth across all facets of digital health. Tony speaks with leaders and organizations in insurance, pharma, clinicians, medical devices, investors, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to provide you with insights to guide your interests in this region.

Host

Tony Estrella

Tony empowers startups and publicly listed health companies to establish product-market fit within Asia Pacific markets. Through advisory projects and supporting venture investors, Tony accelerates disruptive innovation in longevity, population health, cancer, brain health, and sleep science. He is also an independent board director actively supporting company executives to navigate complex business challenges.
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