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Digital Health Today – Asia Pacific Edition with Tony Estrella

Digital Health Today – Asia Pacific Edition with Tony Estrella

Join host Tony Estrella in Singapore as he speaks to leaders and organizations driving health innovation and transformation in Asia Pacific.

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S2.E8: Changing the Way Insurers Interact with Their Customers – a Conversation with Paul Hughes from UnderwriteMe

Globally, the insurance industry is rapidly changing with the increasing use of technology throughout the value chain. And because individuals in Asia Pacific tend to buy and use health insurance from life insurers, the need for data, customer engagement, and digital transformation is particularly essential. In this episode, I speak with Paul Hughes, the Head of Asia Pacific for UnderwriteMe. Paul and I first worked together at MetLife Asia many years ago, and he has worked across Asia Pacific for many other private insurers. In his current role, he is at the epicenter of the change spurred by technology and data, including digital health. In this episode, we discuss: • The structure of the typical insurance, from sales to operations • How technology and data are changing the way insurers need to operate • The role of digital tools including health and insurtech • The future of underwriting Paul Hughes Paul leads the Asia Pacific team at UnderwriteMe, a leading provider of underwriting automation solutions that helps insurers transform their new business process. He is responsible for creating and leading the growth strategy for the business in Asia Pacific and ensuring client success. With over 25 years of experience in the life and health insurance industry in Asia Pacific, he had held senior roles in Underwriting, Claims, Operations, Product and Marketing with leading insurers and reinsurers such as Swiss Re, Aviva, AIA, and MetLife. Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Paul Hughes: LinkedIn UnderwriteMe: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | 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 Takeda Roche
December 9, 2021
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S2.E7: Moving beyond the traditional role of academia in healthcare – a profile of Dean Ho from National University of Singapore

The role of academia is an essential one for digital health. In addition to providing the platform to conduct clinical research and showcase where technology can create impact, the right environment also becomes the training ground for future leaders and change makers. In this episode, I speak with Dean Ho, who is one of the unique individuals who effectively bridges the different worlds of academia and business building. Dean is the Provost’s Chair Professor, Director of The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1), Director of the Institute for Digital Medicine (WisDM), and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He's also an experienced business builder and entrepreneur. In our conversation we cover: • The evolving role of academia in becoming a hands-on partner for Health Innovation • The impact of Digital Health including AI on regulatory • How National University of Singapore is taking a role in designing the next generation of clinical innovation • The need for Digital Therapeutics in APAC Professor Dean Ho Using his CURATE.AI platform, Prof.Dean Ho has led multiple pioneering clinical studies that have validated the promise of N-of-1 medicine, where only a patient’s own data is used to personalise their treatment for the entire duration of care. Multiple CURATE.AI-based clinical studies are ongoing or cleared for start in the areas of solid cancer and blood cancer therapy, digital therapeutics/personalised learning, and post-organ transplant immunosuppression, among others.  Prof. Ho is an elected member of the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the Royal Society of Chemistry, and Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening, as well as a Fulbright Scholar. Prof Ho is also currently a Subgroup Lead of the World Health Organization-ITU AI for Health Working Group for Regulatory Considerations. He has also served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS), a 26,000+ member global drug development organization comprised of senior executives from the pharmaceutical and medical device sectors, as well as academic thought leaders.  Prof. Ho is a recipient of the Tech Heroes from Crisis: Pathfinder Award from the Singapore Computer Society, NSF CAREER Award, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Translational Research Award, and V Foundation for Cancer Research Scholar Award, among others. Prof. Ho was also named to the Asia Tatler Gen.T List, which honours young leaders who are shaping the future of the region. Prof. Ho has appeared on the National Geographic Channel Program “Known Universe” to discuss his discoveries in drug delivery and imaging. His discoveries have been featured on CNN, The Economist, Forbes, Washington Post, NPR and other international news outlets. He has advised major publicly listed companies as well as venture capital and private equity funds in the areas of digital medicine and pharmaceutical development, among other sectors. Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Dean Ho: LinkedIn | Twitter The N.1 Institute for Health (N.1): Website | Twitter | LinkedIn WisDM: Twitter 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 Takeda Roche
December 1, 2021
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S2.E6: How to Make Concurrent Customer Development Work Effectively in Indonesia with Robyn Soetikno

For some Digital Health companies, especially those in very developed healthcare systems, success can be contingent on identifying a single core problem and then keeping a tight focus on this challenge when iteratively building your great solution. But not every entrepreneur or corporate innovator has the luxury to take this path, especially when there are overlapping areas of need for your customers. In this episode, we return to Indonesia to examine both the challenge and the successful approach taken by Tiffany Robyn Soetikno, the Founder and COO of PT Global Urban Esensial. Robyn is a skilled entrepreneur who grew up in the Indonesian Healthcare industry. The results (so far) from her efforts have led to a startup delivering impact for 2.5 million individuals, 70,000 doctors, and 1,700 pharmacists. In our discussion, we cover: • A summary of the Indonesia healthcare landscape • Building a complex product roadmap and making it work • Her process for deriving consumer insights • Building scale across each of the different customers while managing growth Robyn Soetikno Robyn founded PT Global Urban Esensial (PT GUE, LLC), a leading digital health startup in Indonesia with a vision to reduce the relationship gaps between doctors and patients. Driven to create a health ecosystem that connects different stakeholders, GUE, LLC has developed three pillars: patient management, doctor management and medication supply. Robyn is passionate about enabling stakeholders within the healthcare industry, using technology to address gaps in the healthcare sector. As a startup founder, she has experience in making the jump from zero to one, scaling up, and transforming the team accordingly. She has also assisted several incumbents to grab opportunities in digital. In 2019, Robyn was named 30 Under 30 - Asia - 2019 under Healthcare and Science category. She was the only Indonesian entrepreneur honored by Forbes. Robyn earned her Masters of Science degree in International Health Management from Imperial College, London and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Public Health and Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, New York. Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Robyn Soetikno: LinkedIn PT Global Urban Esensial: LinkedIn Guesehat: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | 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 Takeda Roche
October 20, 2021
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S2.E5: Assessing the Readiness of Japan for Digital Health with Shigeto Miyamoto from BMS Japan

Across Asia Pacific, one persistent challenge is the digital readiness of a health system. Some are more ready for Health Tech than others. The ones that are most prepared have significant adoption of technology, data standards, and processes that embed tech-based solutions into healthcare. In this episode, I’m joined by Shigeto Miyamoto, Head of Digital Marketing for BMS in Japan, and a life-long evangelist for driving technology innovation. In our conversation, we take a deep dive into the current digital readiness in Japan. And while the discussion is specific to one country, the insights from our discussion can be applicable to other health systems. Topics we discuss include: • Cultural reasons why paper-based processes are still prevalent • Gap between the desire to innovate and barriers including regulatory • The impact of COVID on the use of smartphones, telemedicine, and EMRs • Cultural views on privacy and data • The hopeful future for Digital Health in Japan including AI and IoT / Smart Devices Shigeto Miyamoto Based in Tokyo, Shigeto Miyamoto is an experienced digital marketer and thought leader for how technology is driving disruptive innovation in Japan.  Shigeto is currently the Head of Digital Marketing at BMS Japan, where he is the lead for engagement strategy, contents capabilities, and marketing technology.  He has previously worked in insurance at MetLife Japan and held other technology-centric roles at both global enterprises and startups. His career choices are driven by a mission to solve the medical and digital disparities for patients. Shigeto is best known for inspiring marketers to tackle challenging problems through agile thinking and iterative product creation. Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Shigeto Miyamoto: LinkedIn Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS): Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram 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 Takeda Roche
October 13, 2021
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S2.E4: How to achieve value based healthcare in Bangladesh with Sylvana Sinha from Praava Health

In any health system, a shift to value based healthcare is a desirable outcome. Especially if it can be combined with patient-centric clinical journeys. In this episode, Sylvana Sinha, the founder and CEO of Praava Health and I discuss the barriers and challenges to achieving this vision. With her background in health policy, international law, and as an entrepreneur, we have an insightful and fact-filled discussion covering topics including: • The cultural and socio-economic backdrop of Bangladesh, the 8th most populous country in the world • The current dynamics of access and affordability facing Bangladeshis today • The barriers and inefficiencies in creating a value-based healthcare system, including lack of labs, pharmacies, and overall accountability • Lessons learned from Praava Health in addressing these challenges • How COVID accelerated the need for more technology and new value based models Sylvana Sinha Founder, Chair, & CEO Ms. Sinha is the Founder and CEO of Praava Health in Bangladesh. Praava Health is building Bangladesh’s fastest growing consumer healthcare brand and raising the bar for healthcare with a brick-and-click healthcare platform that combines digital tools with meaningful doctor-Patient relationships, quality diagnostics, and pharmacy services. In May 2020, Fast Company recognized Praava Health in its 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards, and the World Economic Forum named Praava as a Technology Pioneer in 2021. She is now poised to scale the Praava model nationally, and to deepen Praava’s brick-and-click service delivery model. Ms. Sinha built this company from scratch, largely based on inspiration derived from conversations with public health professionals, entrepreneurs, and investors in India and Asia and beyond, learning from what had worked in other markets and what made sense for Bangladesh at this moment of its economic development. Ms. Sinha is as Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s UHC2030 Private Sector Constituency and served on the Task Force on Global Advantage at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she earned a certificate from the Parker School of Comparative and International Law. She also earned a master's degree in Public Administration / International Development from Harvard's Kennedy School and her Bachelor of Arts (with honors) in Economics and Philosophy from Wellesley College and also was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oxford studying politics, philosophy, and economics. Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Sylvana Sinha: LinkedIn Praava Health: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram 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 Takeda Roche
October 6, 2021
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S2.Ep3: 17,000+ islands – Why the archipelago geography of Indonesia amplifies healthcare delivery challenges with Jonathan Sudharta from Halodoc

In this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into Indonesia. For some, the mention of this country might evoke extreme feelings. On one hand, there is the frustration of sitting in four-hour-long traffic jams in Jakarta. On the other hand, there are smiles all around when picturing a perfect holiday in Bali. But for healthcare professionals, the identity of Indonesia is dominated by the unique geography of the country – a population of 275 million people living across 6,000 islands. To help us better understand the healthcare challenges in Indonesia, which extends across more than 17,000 islands, I’m joined by one of its most visible entrepreneurs: Jonathan Sudharta, CEO of Halodoc. Founded in 2016, the company raised an $80 million Series C in 2021. In this episode, you’ll hear about: • Access and affordability challenges stemming from Indonesia’s economic development, demographics, and archipelago geography • The impact of Universal Healthcare, introduced in 2014 • The opportunity and early impact of digital health – including Halodoc – on health outcomes Jonathan Sudharta, Co-founder and CEO Jonathan Sudharta has over 15 years of professional experience in the healthcare industry, mostly in Indonesia and also abroad. Before establishing Halodoc, Jonathan held several key positions in Mensa Group, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Indonesia. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in e-Commerce from Curtin University in Perth Australia, he began his career in sales management and has grown through the ranks in the commercial side of the organization. He started as a sales representative, after which he became the Commercial Director in Mensa Group where he gained a deep understanding of the sales cycle of the business, and finally he moved up to the key position of Business Development Director to lead the commercial initiatives of the group. Born in a healthcare group family, Jonathan grew up with a lot of awareness about serving people to maintain their wellness and helping Indonesian people achieve a better living through better health. That is the main reason why he decided to establish Halodoc, whose main mission is to simplify access to healthcare through the use of technology. Indonesia’s healthcare has many critical challenges, some of these are the inequality of health services across the archipelago, time-to-service for health in the urban areas, and so on. The aforementioned challenges require a breakthrough to solve from the fundamental level, thus technology is the key to attack the problems from the roots. Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Jonathan Sudharta: LinkedIn Halodoc: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter 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 Takeda Roche
September 29, 2021
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S2.Ep2: Adapting to the needs of 800 million people who are facing mental health challenges with Nawal Roy from Holmusk

In this episode, we speak about the global challenge of mental health. With COVID, the WHO is predicting that “the mental health impacts of the pandemic will be long term and far-reaching.” Everyone can be affected, including caregivers and clinicians. Nawal Roy is CEO of Holmusk, a leading startup helping address the global challenge of mental health through their real world evidence platform. In our conversation, we cover the following topics: • Understanding the main categories for mental health • Similarities of mental health challenges in APAC and around the world • Areas of opportunities for digital health • The current status and future needs of evidence to unlock clinical innovations Nawal Roy (Founder & CEO, Holmusk) Nawal Roy is Founder and CEO of Holmusk, bringing more than fifteen years of finance and strategy consulting experience to the helm of the company. After seeing first-hand the transformation of the finance sector driven by data and technology, Nawal decided to focus on helping transform healthcare in the same way. There is an urgent need for more behavioral health evidence and this need is what spurred Nawal to start Holmusk. Nawal carves out the strategic direction of Holmusk, leading from the front with round-the-clock hustle and infectious energy. Prior to this, Nawal was Co-Founder and CEO of HelloPay (Rocket Internet venture), and a Junior Partner at McKinsey & Company. He has served as a World Economic Value-Based Healthcare Steering Committee and co-founded Galen Growth Asia - The Asia Health Tech Connector. Having enjoyed a global career spanning from New York to Tokyo, his close involvement with markets across North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, India, and China yields uniquely diverse experience in building next generation global companies. Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Nawal Roy: LinkedIn Holmusk: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter 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 Takeda Roche
September 22, 2021
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S2.E1. Improving the health of Asians through microbiome and personalized nutrition with Jeremy Lim from AMILI

In this episode, we start our journey for Season 2 where we explore the challenges facing APAC that can lead to innovative solutions powered by Digital Health. Jeremy Lim is a renowned health policy expert and CEO of AMILI, the first gut microbiome lab in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Through the lens of population health and public policy, Jeremy and I discuss the need for personalised nutrition and why it can improve health outcomes. Our conversation covers: • The need for an Asia-based pool of data on nutrition based on the unique cultures and food choices found across the region • Why personalised nutrition is another reason for public health to innovate beyond a “one-size fits all” approach • The challenge of successfully using nudging behaviours to improve health outcomes • When is the optimal time to understand your microbiome? Assoc Prof Jeremy Lim is Co-founder and CEO of AMILI, the region’s first precision gut microbiome company which is building up the world’s largest multi-ethnic Asia database of microbiome sequences and associated data. He brings diverse and unique perspectives into this role as a startup founder, having spent substantial time in public and private healthcare across Asia as well as in policy advisory with Singapore's Ministry of Health, the World Bank and the World Health Organization. He is also director for global health in the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. Outside academia, Jeremy serves on the boards of various for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in different aspects of healthcare including migrant worker health, end of life care and digital health interventions. He trained in surgery and public health, attaining post-graduate qualifications in both from the UK and US.  Guest's Links and Resources Connect with Jeremy Lim: LinkedIn AMILI: Website | LinkedIn 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 Takeda Roche
September 15, 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Ep02: Jeff Chen on Building and Growing a Successful Startup Within China

What does it take to compete in China as a startup?  How do the broader trends of Tencent and WeChat affect the interoperability of healthcare with other industries including technology?  What is the mindset of Chinese families and individuals and their demands for healthcare? In this episode, we hear from Jeff Chen about the dynamics of building a successful startup in China whilst addressing these challenging questions. Jeff is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for WeDoctor, one of the most recognized Digital Health companies in China.  Prior to his current role at WeDoctor, Jeff served as the Group Chief Innovation Officer at Fullerton Health, focusing on innovation and digitalization of key services. Prior to that, he was the Head of Technology Investment Banking for Asia Pacific at HSBC, where he was in charge and led all the TMT transactions across the region. Before joining HSBC, Jeff was a Senior Director with Credit Suisse Hong Kong’s TMT investment banking team. His coverage focused on capital raising for internet companies and high-profile traditional technology M&A transactions across Asia Pacific. >> Click here to read the transcript Links and Resources: Connect with Jeff Chen: LinkedIn Visit WeDoctor Visit Fullerton Health Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony’s Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare Full Whitepaper, 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 20, 2021
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Ep01: Introducing the Host of the New Asia Pacific Edition: Tony Estrella

"In this episode, I'm excited to introduce you to yet another outstanding health innovation leader who is hosting another new show on Digital Health Today. His degrees are in engineering and business, and he is a writer, entrepreneur, investor, and advisor. He is a truly multi-talented person and I'm pleased to call him also a friend. I'm honored to introduce the host of the new Asia Pacific Edition of Digital Health Today, Tony Estrella. " ~ Dan Kendall, Founder of Digital Health Today >> Click here to read the transcript Links and Resources: Connect with Tony Estrella: Twitter | LinkedIn | Personal Website Connect with Taliossa Read Tony's Book: Comatose FutureProofing Healthcare Full Whitepaper, 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 14, 2021
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Introducing the Asia Pacific Edition, with Tony Estrella

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. Connect on Digital Health Today: Twitter | Linkedin | Facebook | Instagram Connect on Health Podcast Network: Browse Shows | Linkedin | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Digital Health Today is made possible by the support of our sponsors. Thank you to: Almirall Digital Garden Bayer G4A Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Medable University of Chicago - Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics
October 20, 2020
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About Digital Health Today – Asia Pacific Edition with Tony Estrella

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.

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Tony Estrella

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.

As an author, his creativity is inspired by his lucid dreaming with attention on predicting the future of healthcare as influenced by technologies including AI, smart devices, and robotics. His debut novel Comatose explores the science of the mind and dreams in a globe-trotting speculative fiction thriller.

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