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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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Ep12: Why Asia Pacific Needs Digital Health – Highlights From Season 1

In this episode, I speak with Dan Kendall, founder of Digital Health Today, to reflect on highlights from this season and preview what we will cover in Season 2 of Digital Health Today, Asia Pacific Edition. Click on the show links or scroll through the playlist in your favorite podcast player to hear more from these and our other Season 1 guests. Be sure to hit the subscribe button to be notified when Season 2 starts in a few weeks! “What are the opportunities out there for people to live in good health, to be independent, and to be dignified? This goes across technologies, housing models, and service innovations.” — Janice Chia, Ageing Asia ”In a healthcare ecosystem, party interests-- of patients, health providers, funders, government and private insurance-- are not aligned. This results in a lack of help for patients to find the treatment they need, and funders cannot intervene early enough to help keep costs under control.” — Xing Sun, AXA Next Business Innovation Centre Asia ”On average across Southeast Asia, you know, patients will actually visit a pharmacy almost 12 times a year, but when they visit a physician, it’s almost 1.2 times a year, right. So when you look at this, this becomes an incredible touch point in terms of patient population.” — Farouk Meralli, CEO of mClinica "When we started out in March, telemedicine was completely illegal in India; there was no way you could tele-consult and give a prescription. So the first telemedicine guidelines were brought out by the government on March 25, 2020. Before that, everything was completely illegal in fact, but the government responded very quickly, considering the pandemic was there. And now everything is well established, and there are clear cut guidelines and rules…within a matter of months, we were doing about 35,000 consults across digital health every month.” — Shuchin Bajaj, Founder and Director for Ujala Cygnus "We should not use our own mentality or our mindset to replace users’ mindset. Sometimes it’s pretty frustrating, because we know we are smarter than them, but you cannot replace them. You have to think in their own way. You have to think of yourself as the user, not yourself. You have to pretend to be a pregnant mother, who just has a high school education, and figure out what her mindset would be.” — Stanley Li, CEO and Founder of DXY >> Click here to read the transcript 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 30, 2021

Ep11: Lessons From Building a Digital Health O2O Unicorn Across 2 Million+ Physician Customers with Stanley Li From DXY

For more than 20 years, Stanley Li has built an impressive set of solutions for the China market.  With more than 2 million doctors as customers and millions of consumers engaging with their offerings, DXY is one of the largest health services companies in the world.  Stanley graciously sat with me and shared many lessons over his journey to solve challenges ranging from:  Physician education  Online and offline community building Adapting to changing needs as China grew to become a digital-first economy Stretching the mission of DXY from sick care to prevention How he builds trust with his customers Future partnership priorities   Stanley (Tiantian) Li has a Master degree in Tumor Immunology and is a visiting professor of the Second Military Medical University in China. He co-founded DXY (the largest physician social network in China) in 2000. To date, DXY has raised over $680 million in funding, and it's most recent funding round, led by private equity firm Trustbridge Partners has raised $500 million. Read more about it here. >> Click here to read the transcript Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Stanley Li: LinkedIn | Twitter | WeChat @TiantianDXY Visit DXY: Website | LinkedIn | DXY 500 million funding 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 23, 2021

Ep10: On a Mission to Provide Better Care for Rural India with Shuchin Bajaj

Dr Shuchin Bajaj is the Founder Director of Ujala Cygnus Hospitals. Ujala Cygnus currently operates twelve hospitals that provide healthcare to district towns of the states of India where emergency and primary care are difficult to find.   As a doctor and entrepreneur, Dr Bajaj is truly making a difference by infusing innovation throughout every aspect of patient care. During our conversation we cover: Access and affordability challenges across India The challenge of building a new provider system from the ground up The impact of effective community outreach How COVID-19 changed the regulatory limitations on telemedicine and accelerated the use of other digital health solutions beyond telehealth   Dr Bajaj is a highly qualified and accomplished medical scholar. He has completed his M.B.B.S., M.D. (Internal Medicine), as well as the Certified Professional course on Diabetes Management and Total Control (American Academy of CME), the A.P.S.M. (I.I.M., Calcutta), and the Advanced Program in Cardiac Emergencies (Boston University). HE is the IHT Fellow (INSEAD, France), Aspire Fellow, and recipient of the Cohort Stanford Seed. Also, he received the 2015 Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence Award from King’s College, London where he spent considerable time studying the various facets of Leadership, its various challenges, and its learnings for India.  He is on the board of several national prominent NGOs as Advisor-Health Programmes and is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including the “World Wide Achievers Health Care Excellence Award 2014” for Healthcare Excellence in Internal Medicine in Delhi and NCR, ”Best Consultant in Internal Medicine in Delhi 2012” by the Time Research Media Foundation, “National Award for Excellence in Healthcare 2015” for fastest growing healthcare chain in North India along with “2015 Leaders Award”. Dr Bajaj and the Cygnus Team were recently featured by the Economic Times in a feature on Entrepreneurs Leading Disruptive Change. Dr Bajaj is also the winner of the Healthcare Leader of the Year, 2017 Awards. Dr Bajaj is an avid Healthcare Investor and is associated with multiple Health Tech Companies as an investor, Board Member, and mentor. He is on the TBIU Board of IIT, Delhi, and is also a member of the Advisory Council to the Minister of State for Health, Shri Ashwini Choubey. >> Click here to read the transcript Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Dr Shuchin Bajaj: LinkedIn Visit Ujala Cygnus Hospitals: Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | 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
March 16, 2021

Ep09: Why the Business of Ageing Extends Beyond Healthcare

Ageing and the business of helping individuals as they get older is an expansive problem. It cuts across industries beyond healthcare. Singaporean entrepreneur Janice Chia is a recognized expert and thought leader in this field, accumulating her vast experience from visiting over 400 residential and aged care homes in over 15 countries as well as founding 2 organizations: Ageing Asia and Aspire55.  Janice founded Ageing Asia with the mission to drive innovation in the way future generations age, by engaging the business community to create better products and services that will enable healthy ageing, independent ageing and dignified ageing.  Since 2009, she has been actively involved in consulting organizations seeking global best practices in housing, health and care models that can be translated for the Asian market. Join me as we discuss: What drove Janice to create a new organization to better define the challenges of ageing? What is the mindset of people who are in the second half of their lives? Why is this challenge broader than a healthcare challenge? Why are the needs of digital health solutions broader than telehealth? Janice frequently refers to data from the 4th Annual Asia Pacific Silver Economy Business Opportunities Report.  The link to this can also be found below. >> Click here to read the transcript Guest's Links and Resources: Connect with Janice Chia: LinkedIn Visit Ageing Asia: Website | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram | Facebook 4th Annual Asia Pacific Silver Economy Business Opportunities Report 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 9, 2021

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

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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