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COVID-19 and the Acceleration of Digital Health in APAC

COVID-19 and the Acceleration of Digital Health in APAC

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Singapore & Basel, 24 April 2020 – Although the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented public health crisis on a global scale, the outbreak is serving as a pivotal catalyst for greater adoption of digital health. Healthcare stakeholders are implementing drastic measures, including swift deployment of digital health tools, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, ease the current burden on the healthcare system and maximize capacity.

By sheer necessity, governments and regulators have also reduced the barriers to participation and uptake for remote engagement of consumers, enabling access to care despite social distancing measures. Furthermore, a technical guidance paper, published by the World Health Organization (WHO) on April 1, 2020 on strengthening health systems against COVID-19 recognizes telemedicine as an alternative model for delivery of care to ensure the continuous running of essential healthcare services.1 The pandemic has thus undeniably wrought new, technology-enabled ways of working in what were formerly highly institutionalized “legacy” settings.

Over the coming weeks and months, COVID-19 will accelerate the digitalization of health systems to a new level as healthcare stakeholders adopt a more urgent, no-holds-barred strategy to stem the rising tide of infections. We predict that new ways of working and behaviors, forged and refined in the heat of battle against COVID-19, will not be easily put “back in the box.” This increasingly digitalized reality will force a paradigm shift in the healthcare ecosystem, as major healthcare stakeholders (healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies and medtechs alike) rethink new ways of working, as well as step up resiliency during “peacetime.”

In this Executive Insights, L.E.K. Consulting and Galen Growth explore how emergency measures in Asia Pacific to adopt digital health tools as a result of COVID-19 will accelerate broader digital transformation, and we highlight key considerations for the healthcare industry in planning for a “new normal.”

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About L.E.K. Consulting
L.E.K. Consulting is a global management consulting firm that uses deep industry expertise and rigorous analysis to help business leaders achieve practical results with real impact. We are uncompromising in our approach to helping clients consistently make better decisions, deliver improved business performance and create greater shareholder returns. The firm advises and supports global companies that are leaders in their industries — including the largest private and public sector organizations, private equity firms, and emerging entrepreneurial businesses. Founded in 1983, L.E.K. employs more than 1,600 professionals across the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
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About the L.E.K. APAC Life Sciences Centre of Excellence
L.E.K. APAC Life Sciences Centre of Excellence is an initiative developed by L.E.K. and supported by Singapore’s Economic Development Board to drive thought leadership and innovation to elevate the APAC life sciences ecosystem. For more information, visit

About Galen Growth
Galen Growth is the leading digital health intelligence and analytics provider to corporate institution and investors. Galen Growth believes the fastest, most effective way to scale digital health innovation is to be the preferred innovation partner for investors, corporations and startups to enable them to successfully navigate the complex healthcare ecosystem. Founded in 2015, Galen Growth has offices in Europe and Asia. For more information, visit

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