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Royal Philips : Dutch firm urges PHL to improve ICT infra

by August 28, 2017 General

PHILIPS Electronics and Lighting Inc. (Peli) is urging the government to further improve the country’s information communications technology (ICT) infrastructure ‘to enhance health care’ in the Philippines.

‘ICT is needed to connect health-care services. [Health-care services] need some highway to get the information and put it in the cloud,’ said Suvendra Das, Peli health systems general manager for Singapore and emerging markets. ‘It will be a major enabler in analyzing data and the algorithms involved in the process of disseminating the information.’

Since the Internet has a pervasive presence in every sector, Das said a robust ICT network is important for countries like the Philippines in providing quality health services, especially to Filipinos in far-flung areas.

‘Just like in any major sector, the Philippines must realize that digital infrastructure can help disseminate information to the people regarding their health situation,’ Das said.

The Dutch technology firm is promoting health-management services to the Asia-Pacific region as it sees the region’s elderly people as a booming market.

The Amsterdam-headquartered multinational firm forecast the Asia-Pacific region’s elderly population to triple from 438 million in 2010 to 1.26 billion by 2050. Two-thirds of the world’s older persons will be living in Asia Pacific, with one in four people in the region expected to be over 60 years old, Das said in an interview on August 24 at the Bonifacio Global City.

‘Existing health infrastructure can’t keep pace with the volume of demand and increasing expectations,’ he said.

At present, the heath-care system in Asia Pacific is facing challenges, such as aging populations, rising rates of chronic diseases and financial burden of care.

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