APAC Business Awards 2021

24 APAC / Business Awards 2021 , Topcon Corporation (Topcon) is a global leader in manufacturing of technology with a mission to develop solutions that aim to solve societal challenges in the mega-domains of healthcare, agriculture, and infrastructure. In healthcare, these challenges include increasing eye disease, rising medical costs, access to healthcare and physician shortages. It specialises in developing optical, sensing and control solutions powered by leading digital transformation technologies for these industries. “Our vision is to empower providers with smart and efficient technologies for enhanced patient care,” explains Managing Director, Leo Hiroshi Nagatake. “Keeping pace with the ever-changing landscape of the healthcare industry, we organically integrate ophthalmic devices and software to offer the latest integrated solutions, including advanced multimodal imaging, vendorneutral data management and ground-breaking remote diagnostic technology.” Leo elaborates to tell that lately eye health has become a prominent global health issue due to a range of factors, including our ageing population and access to care and the cost of the rising demand for eye health is felt by everyone – by patients who are often having to wait longer for treatment; by doctors who are struggling to keep up with the demand for care; and by healthcare systems who are paying for treatment of conditions that are more advanced due to the longer wait times patients are facing. “Our focus is on delivering solutions that improve the quality of life for patients by ensuring that healthcare providers have the tools they need to provide the best possible care,” he enthuses. “This includes more opportunities for patients to be screened for disease with products like Harmony that supports a better connected healthcare ecosystem so that patients receive the care they need in a timely manner with our data management platform; advanced diagnostic equipment that supports faster, more accurate decision making, like the OCT and MYAH.” Everything that Topcon does is with the company firmly at the centre, and this philosophy is keenly felt across the entire business. Indeed, knowing the client well, understanding how they work, their preferences and their pain points is central to how Topcon approaches the service it delivers to its clients. “We spend time with all our customers to ensure we understand their business and their unique preferences and challenges – this level of detail helps us form relationships with our customers that are based on mutual understanding and trust. From a product perspective, this level of understanding helps us to ensure that everything we put out to market has been built to address their pain points and will help them provide better, more efficient patient care.” One of the region-specific challenges that Topcon faces being based in APAC is the shift from the traditional one-off purchase business model, which is common for medical devices, to a service-based subscription. A service-based subscription model means the company’s customers avoid the (large) single lump-sum payment for their new devices, and also offers them benefits like all necessary ongoing maintenance and servicing, data storage, troubleshooting, and software upgrade. “While we have observed some hesitance to this model in APAC, we believe that this will start to shift as customers demand more flexibility, and as it becomes standard.” Recently, Topcon was recognised for its diligence and hard work by being given the prestigious accolade of Best Ophthalmology Software Solutions Provider 2021 in the APAC Insider Business Awards, and whilst there are challenges moving forward, Leo is also confident that the future is looking bright. “The insufficient supply of care is the most prominent problem in APAC,” he says. “We are currently working on a collaboration with APAC based Artificial Intelligence players to address this issue from different perspective. Artificial Intelligence has an enormous potential to save time and cost, and even improve the accuracy of diagnosis. However, there are still complex ethical and regulatory issues to overcome as they handle human health. “We believe innovative technology and collaborations with likeminded businesses are just two of the ways we will further drive a solution for holistic preventive care in the near future. “The growing global population is what drives us to develop solutions for a sustainable tomorrow. By contributing to these industries, we’re making it easier to detect and treat diseases, build cities, and produce the food needed to feed our growing world.” Contact: Leo Hiroshi Nagatake Company: Topcon Healthcare Solutions Asia Pacific Pte Ltd Web Address: https://topconhealthcare.sg/ Oct21534 TopconHealthcare empowers providers with advanced imaging, diagnostic solutions and intelligent data technology, offering amore fully integrated approach to eyecare. We find out more about the industry in the APAC region fromManaging Director, Leo Hiroshi Nagatake. Topcon Healthcare Solutions Asia Pacific Pte Ltd Best Ophthalmology Software Solutions Provider 2021