We can observe a clear wave of adoption of remote health monitoring (RHM) for chronic conditions among healthcare providers in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ), supported strongly by both wearables/fitness bands and smart watches:
- Among healthcare providers, around 40% said they are already using or are in the proof-of-concept stage in implementing RHM for chronic conditions.
- In health and wellness applications that are already implemented or in the pilot phase, smart watches dominate with 44% of the applications against normal wearables/fitness trackers with 39%.
- As 32% of the providers are considering RHM for chronic conditions, both wearables/fitness trackers and smart watches are projected to have equal priority by healthcare providers.
- IDC foresees a clear trend in APEJ toward health-conscious chronic patients who seek remote care delivery giving priority to health and wellness.
- Considering the prevalence of increasing chronic patients in the region exacerbated with a low doctor–patient ratio and aging, it is imperative for the providers to divert investment for the adoption of technology to make care delivery easily accessible in the near future.
- For the effective adoption of RHM, providers should ensure that the solution software best maps with the current electronic health record system, gets the right skilled people to handle the solution part, and has the best security system in place as digital data platform enhances.