REUNIONCare opens Hong Kong office and expands into Asia
Population aging is a pervasive, profound and enduring tide sweeping across the globe. By 2034, the elderly population in Asia alone is expected to double to more than 660 million - that is on the tails of having just doubled to 330 million over the past two decades. (see Third Quarter Economic Report 2013 and Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2014). The challenges involved in caregiving are universal, and supporting this population requires solutions that are global in nature. Many of the same issues we see in the United States and North America, and the primary reason REUNIONCare came to be, are reflected in Asia and across the globe. That said, there are cultural, demographic and geographic nuances as well. My initial 90 days in Asia have been both exciting and exhausting, and my market research confirms what I knew in my gut the day I stepped off the plane - that we have a very real opportunity to positively impact and influence change around caregiving and supporting those requiring care - delivering better health outcomes and reducing the total cost of care.
In Asia, as in America and elsewhere, the total cost of care for this population is paid for by a combination of the patient and their families, insurance companies and government agencies, and is spiraling out of control. Additionally, the stress imposed on the families and professional healthcare providers attempting to coordinate care across a complex healthcare system, including the management of chronic conditions including Alzheimer's and Dementia, is on the rise.
I had the opportunity to spend time in India last month learning about the current state of caregiving there. Mainland China taught me that Dementia brings a very specific set of challenges and opportunities, along with a cultural shift in how they are approaching senior housing. Hong Kong is just beginning their journey with Electronic Health Records (EHR’s), including messaging specifically for the Elderly, with the system going live just as I arrived in Q1 2016. I’ve met with parents raising children with Autism and other special needs who also long for a tool to help them better navigate the challenges of caregiving
I am busy meeting with healthcare providers across the entire Asia ecosystem; Physicians, Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities (Subacute Care), Acute Rehabilitation, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, Community Living Arrangements, and Home Health Care (skilled and non-skilled) to determine their knowledge of, and interest in, a product like REUNIONCare. The initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and I hope to share some exciting news on our first Pilot Programs that I hope to have up and running shortly.
If you know of any relevant introductions for me in Asia, please send them my way. I can be reached at;
- Unit 2202, 22/F Causeway Bay Plaza I
- 489 Hennessy Rd, Causeway Bay
- Hong Kong
- WhatsApp: +1 727 851 6428
- WeChat: jslusser
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