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East Asia and Oceania Region special section: Big trends

Digital Healthcare Across Oceania

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Many nations have begun a serious exploration of digital health (DH)16,17 to address the pressures on their healthcare systems.1,3,9,12 Citizens and technologists are also driving related changes that facilitate growth in DH—for example, through the greater use of mobile technologies, sensors, extended reality, and artificial intelligence (AI).

These technologies are part of DH as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO),14 enabling new care paradigms that are distinguishable from older technologies like electronic medical records (EMRs). The impact of these DH technologies in healthcare in each country is captured through the concept of Digitally Enabled Healthcare Ecosystems (DEHEs).


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