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Discover New Technology Tools to Improve Efficiency in the Healthcare World

Kuala Lumpur, July 20th, 2001 - Frost & Sullivan will be hosting the eHealthcare Strategies Asia Conference & Exhibition, Creating New Business Opportunities through Technology Integration. This interesting industry event will take place in September 10 - 11, 2001 at Regal Hong Kong Hotel, Hong Kong. Learn successful strategies for marketing and selling health and medical services, pharmaceutical and wellness products through the world of eBusiness. Hear how successful businesses are transformed through:

  • Makeover from the brick-and-mortar business to a click-and-mortar model incorporating the usage of Internet in the pharmaceutical environment

  • Role of IT in clinical integration and chronic disease management

  • Impact of evidence-based decision support in the medical industry

  • Internet as an effective tool in
  • improving efficiency in time-critical healthcare industry

  • Gain insights on new technological solutions such as Customer Relationship Management, Supply Chain Management and Call Centers

  • Learn how innovative products like smart cards can greatly alter the business process

  • Funding and Venture Capital Prospects for eHealth projects.

Professor Thomas Wong, Professor & Head, Department of Nursing & Health Sciences of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China will keynote the event. Professor Wong, pioneered the Telehealth initiatives in Hong Kong, will explain the advancement of Telehealth’s system processes, people assessment, treatment, advice or referral to other health care practitioners by nurses. He will also address how interactions and transactions between nurses and clients have changed, and also the importance to consider the regulatory, legislative, economic and political implications of Telehealth today.

Rhenu Malhotra, Regional Industry Manager, Healthcare Division, Frost & Sullivan Malaysia, will discuss the current and future trends in IT and eCommerce adoption in Asia. She will also talk about the usage of IT in both Medical Research and Pharmaceutical industries.

Dr Jason Cheah, Chief Projects Officer, National Healthcare Group, Singapore will speak about the role of IT and the Internet in Clinical Integration and Chronic Disease Management. His session will also illustrate from the user perspective, the differing healthcare models that exist in the Asia region and the driving factors for the development of eHealthcare tools to support the changes.

eHealth Security: Demands and Challenges to building a Secure Network will be the presentation title of Abby Tang, Regional Engineering Manager (North Asia), Network Associates International. One of the main reasons for the slow onset of IT into the healthcare industry is the concern over the distribution and dissemination of health information. Security, privacy and confidentiality of health records have been the primary issue when implementing an information-based system.

In her presentation, she will highlight the issue which include:

  • How secure can a secure framework be? What are the levels of security?
  • Privacy expectations of patients’ information

  • Interoperability between the diverse networks and security systems

  • Single sign-on and dynamic policy management

  • Evaluating the potential impact of lack of international standards for validation of information

Diana Edwards, General Manager, Havas Medimedia will address about Pharmaceutical and General Physicians and the Internet in two separate sessions. These sessions are specially catered to explain the basic impacts of new and emerging electronic technological advances on the daily management of health duties such as:

  • Information storage, processing and retrireview

  • Communication between patients and physicians

  • Patient awareness and support systems

  • Remote location patient consultation and monitoring

Technology innovation is so high that it has been mentioned many times: that in every 3 minutes, a new technological innovation is born. With an extensive list of solutions and even more vendors in the market, how do you decide on which technology to implement? How do you evaluate whether the solutions proposed complements your corporate culture? What are the difficulties in deployment? Is it worth the effort? Jimmy Yip, Director, Global Services, Commerce One will tackle all these issues and emphasize the importance of understanding your company and finding the best-fit technology for it.

To conclude the Day 1 conference, Frost & Sullivan has lined-up a list of well-

qualified speakers to discuss about Prospects of Evidence-Based Decision Support. This panel discussion will see the speakers debating on the future of evidence-based medicine. They will also exchange views on the requirements needed for the practice of evidence-based medicine and how to overcome the roadblocks and barriers in practicing it, as well as the use of evidence-based medicine to enhance the role of Internet in healthcare.

Who should attend:

  • Chief Executive Officers, Presidents, General Managers, Chief Operational Officers and Chief Information Officers

  • Hospital Management Personnel

  • Health Researchers

  • Business Development Managers

  • eBusiness and eCommerce Related Management

  • IT Managers

  • Administrative Managers

  • Strategic Marketing, Product and Database Management Executives

For a full conference brochure please visit

Registration: Lim Yen Yen, 603-6204 5860,

Sponsorship/Exhibition: Christopher Wong, 603-6204 5853,

Press Passes, Media Inquiries: Faridah Salim, 603-6204 5859,

Conference Division

Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Sdn Bhd

Suite E-08-15 Block E

Plaza Mont Kiara

2 Jalan 1/70C, Mont Kiara
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel: 603-6204 5860 Fax: 603-6201 7369 


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Pharma packaging market worldwide to rise modestly

World demand for secondary and specialty pharmaceutical packaging will increase just over three percent annually to $5.3 billion in 2003. Based on the widespread strengthening of consumer protection standards and the expanding use of packaging to differentiate multiple source drugs, child-resistant caps and dispensing closures will see the fastest sales gains.

These and other trends are presented in World Pharmaceutical Packaging II: Secondary Containers, Closures & Other Accessories, a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc, a Cleverland-based industrial market research firm. Global demand for secondary pharmaceutical containers will expand to $2.5 billion in 2003. Paperboard boxes and cartons will continue to account for the largest sales based on increasing applications in the packaging of alternative medicines and over-the-counter formulations of previously prescription-only drugs. Overall growth prospects for these packages will slow as many worldwide drug makers eliminate unnecessary packaging components to save costs and to comply with stricter environmental waste reduction regulations.

The global market for pharmaceutical caps and closures will expand 3.5 percent annually from 1998 to 2003. Rising concerns about consumer safety will create above average growth opportunities for child-resistant and tamper-evident caps in most developed and more prosperous developing countries.

Dispensing closures will also realise favourable sales gains as drug makers seek to differentiate generic medicines by adapting them to high value-added functional packaging systems.

Pharmaceutical packaging accessories will generate steady worldwide sales growth as government regulations and industry standards impose more extensive labeling, consumer information and tamper-evident requirements on drug makers. Unprinted rollstock for labeling, package inserts and shrink bands will provide good opportunities as drug makers pursue cost-saving and efficiency improvements through in-house printing systems.

China will see the most rapid growth among all secondary and specialty pharmaceutical packaging markets as multinational drug concerns continue to invest heavily in the country’s pharmaceutical industry. Nonetheless, the United States, Japan and Germany will remain the three largest national markets based on the advanced nature of drug-producing sector and broad mix of medicines manufactured locally.

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2005 Will be the Age of Information Utility

A recent study by Forrester Research concludes that by 2005 the Net will complete its first phase of commercial adoption and give rise to an information utility. This utility, defined by Forrester as ``the mechanism that people use to access information and each other from anywhere, and through any device,'' will enable individuals to take greater control of their lives as consumers, employees, and citizens.

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