‘Healthcare must adapt to meet changing needs’

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HEALTHCARE needs to adapt and change based on the needs and problems of the country.

Dr Peter Tay, Chief Executive Officer of Gleneagles Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), made the comment yesterday during his opening speech of the 5th Cardiology Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals’ Conference held at the Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club in Jerudong.

“Many countries are transforming their healthcare delivery to meet the changing needs of their population. In our region, changing disease patterns compel us to change our care models to provide more appropriate, more effective and more affordable care for our stakeholders,” he said.

Dr Tay also said that care delivery needs to be redesigned to be more person-centric and seamless across different healthcare settings.

During an interview, he said one challenge that the Bruneian population is currently facing is obesity which has resulted in a number of lifestyle diseases.

To address the problem, he said that rather than focusing on treatment, healthcare should adapt and preemptively tackle the problem.

“Prevention has now become the primary focus of our efforts, and it needs to start in schools when they are very young. Preventive activities, primary healthcare and screening are more important now going forward,” said Dr Tay.

Regarding more person-centric care, Dr Tay gave an example of the replacement of the Holter monitor - a machine that continuously records the heart’s rhythms for 24-48 hours during normal activity - with remote monitoring.

“Some patients even now are hooked on to Holters for 24 to 48 hours, and that’s not very friendly. So with remote monitoring, you place a device under the skin, and (it enables) you (to) remotely monitor the patients for three years. So that’s one way to become more person-centric,” he said.

However, he added that human interaction will remain a very important part of nursing and medicine regardless of how far technology has advanced.

“Technology helps ease our healthcare, diagnostics and treatment, but we still can’t (abandon the human aspect of caring),” he said.

The Brunei Times