Located on the Gulf of Thailand, Chiva Som is one of the most celebrated spas in the world. The resort boasts a tranquil tropical garden and beach front setting, state-of-the-art facilities and health and wellness experts dedicated to improving the vitality of their guests.
Guests can turn to Chiva Som to boost their relaxation levels, fitness, health and spirituality and those looking for aesthetic medical treatments are catered for by the resort’s Niranlada Medi-Spa.
Upon arrival guests undergo a health and wellness consultation during which the appropriate activities and therapies are recommended to them. Over 150 pampering treatments are also available to visitors.
Accommodation is comfortable yet luxurious and features private butler service. Prices vary between seasons – peak, high and lean – and on standard of accommodation. A three night stay in an Ocean View Room, the most basic option available, will cost 44,550 THB ($1,400) and 49,995 THB ($1,570) during the lean and high seasons respectively.
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, this spa oozes peace and tranquillity. The 79 different treatments offer a unique fusion between old-age therapies and modern spa techniques. Goals such as fat and weight loss, detoxification, anti-ageing, relaxation and stress management are all catered for. The resort offers a range of spa packages, starting at $2,000 for three nights.
Spanning 70,000sqft, the Wellness Spa at Miami’s Canyon Ranch hotel is reportedly the largest in Florida. The spa’s health experts have created world-leading holistic and medical programs which, as well as promoting wellness, have been designed to ease and treat chronic illnesses. A particular spa highlight is the Aquavana thermal suite and accommodation prices start at $605 a day.
Maintaining the ideal psycho-physical balance of visitors is the main aim of this sumptuous Tuscan spa. This is achieved through five focus areas; hydrotherapy, beauty, stress management, diet and fitness. In 2011 the spa was voted as ‘Best for Medical Programs’ in the Spafinder Reader’s Choice Awards and a seven night course on its core Saturina Diet programme costs €1845.
The second COMO resort to make this list has been dubbed a ‘Retreat for Change’. It offers a “360-degree approach” to wellbeing and this all-encompassing method comprises of fitness activities, spiritual pursuits and therapies which can be enjoyed next to the River Ayung. Three nights in the cheapest accommodation option, a Garden Room, will cost $1,900 for two.
The Parrot Cay COMO resort is an award-winning holistic spa. The resort is fully focused on rest, relaxation and rejuvenation and Asian inspired therapies and Ayurveda healing treatments are the order of the day. The latest non-surgical facial treatments are a speciality at Parrot Cay and rates start at $450 for a night stay for two in a Garden Room.
Located in the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, the spa at the Hayman island resort offers unparalleled levels of pampering. One of the spa’s ‘Signature Rituals’ is the hour-and-a-half long Ocean Massage, costing A$400 (US$410). In addition to its traditional spa treatments, Spa Hayman gives visitors the chance to undergo a ‘holistic analysis’ during consultations with its wellness experts.
Winner of the ‘Most Excellent European Destination Spa’ in the 2012 Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence, this luxury spa boasts a range of expertly delivered clinical treatments. The spa area itself has even been described as a ‘paradise of wellness’. Prices start at €220 per person per night for a Deluxe Suite. Superior and Grand options are also available.
To create its lavish spa the Beau-Rivage Palace hotel partnered with CINQ MŌNDES, a luxury French brand specialising in spa treatments. The spa features various massage and treatment rooms, two pools, two tennis courts and a fully equipped gym. There are two private relaxation suites for those seeking isolation, and treatments from its ‘Exceptional Treatments’ range cost €300 per person.
Ancient Thai rituals are the inspiration behind the treatments at luxurious spa resort, located at the foot of mountains and overlooking rice fields. Featuring private treatment suites, herbal steam rooms and tropical rain shower massage tables, guests can also take part in a private class in the new Yoga Barn. Nightly standard room rates start at 20,000 THB ($630).
Top 10 healthcare innovations for 2019
We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector
The telehealth market is booming. Consumers are leading increasingly busy lifestyles, with up to 60% favouring digitally-led services. Providing clinical care at a distance, increasing accessibility and eradicating potential delays has given patients greater control, boosting patient satisfaction and overall engagement. Such is its exponential growth, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the US has recently released its proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Programme updates for 2019, where telehealth services has been heavily featured, in order to deliver ‘different access points’ for patients.
9. Mobile technology
Consumers have become accustomed to accessing their data through the use of various digital tools, where the use of mobile and tablet health apps has tripled from 13% in 2014 to 48% today. Catering to this growing market, British based start-up Babylon Health is making waves on a global scale. Partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) and private health provider, Bupa, it has also cemented its presence across the flourishing Chinese market, with a membership base exceeding 1.4mn citizens across Europe, Asia and Africa. By partnering with global juggernaut Tencent, Babylon’s artificial intelligence system has enabled both parties to interact directly with users, identify specific illnesses, deliver health status assessments, and triage necessary actions. The mobile app is available to over a billion users and linked to more than 38,000 medical facilities in China alone.
8. Artificial intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) applications, such as predictive analytics for patient monitoring has provided significant financial savings. Applications that target hospitals and medical institutions include patient monitoring and transcribing notes for electronic health records (EHRs). The European Union is set to invest $24bn into artificial intelligence (AI) by 2020 in a bid to catch up with Asia and the US, who have invested heavily in AI and cloud services. This year, Google revealed its plans to harness AI and machine learning across a multitude of consumer technologies, particularly in healthcare. “If AI can shape healthcare, it has to work through the regulations of healthcare. In fact, I see that as one of the biggest areas where the benefits will play out for the next 10-20 years,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated.
Blockchain is estimated to reach over $5.61bn by the end of 2025, even though it remains dependent on the ability to record and store information conveniently, economically and securely amongst different applications and systems. Providing transparency and eliminating third-party intermediaries, processes are streamlined, reducing healthcare costs exponentially. Unlocking the ability for providers to deliver a value-based healthcare system and enhance patient engagement, blockchain could save the industry up to $100-$150bn per year by 2025 in data breach-related costs, IT costs, operations costs, support function costs and personnel costs, according to BIS Research. Partnering with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ethereum blockchain-based supply chain platform, Viant sought to accelerate the pace of blockchain-based supply chain systems. Accenture and supply chain giant DHL have also developed a blockchain-based serialisation prototype which tracks pharmaceuticals from the point of origin to the consumer.
6. Health wearables
With the rise of lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, more consumers are turning to health wearables that monitor glucose, heart rate, physical activity and sleep to gain a greater understanding of their health conditions. Following on from the release of the first Bluetooth headset back in 2000, the growing interest in wearables has seen monitoring our health and data become standardised. This data can be analysed by sophisticated algorithms to drive long-term diagnosis and support. Partnering with Google, health wearables company Fitbit is exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Its acquisition of HIPAA-compliant health platform, Twine Health has seen the business enhance its clinical services by bringing on board a coaching platform, empowering people to seek better health outcomes.
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5. Electronic health records tools
From 2018-2022, the electronic health records (EHR) market is expected to grow at a compound average rate of 6% per year Providers and organisations continue to house fragmented technologies which create barriers towards collaboration and data sharing opportunities. This is further exacerbated if a patient straddles both public and private healthcare. Technology giant Apple has integrated patients’ medical records into its Health App as part of its iOS 11.3 beta. The data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode. Partnering with hospital providers and clinics, patients are now able to view their medical records from multiple providers within one platform. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, UC San Diego Health and even the Cleveland Clinic have implemented this technology.
4. Healthcare transportation
Non-emergency health transportation remains a key issue worldwide, preventing patients from getting to or from a doctor’s appointment. 25% of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled appointments due to lack of transportation, costing US health systems up to $150bn each year. Transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber have therefore entered the market by partnering with state governments to reduce these costs and deliver personalised patient care.
3. 3D Printing
Healthcare providers are set to represent the second largest industry sector in 3D manufacturing. The Food & Drug Administration’s decision to release its first comprehensive framework advising manufacturers of 3D medical products highlights its growing impact where more than 100,000 knee replacement surgeries are completed each year using 3D-printed, patient-matched surgical guides, for example. Through this process, surfaces and structures can be optimised for strength, weight and material use. Consultation between surgeons and patients has also been bolstered, where patients can better understand the complexity of his or her specific needs.
As consumers get more involved in the management of their health, consumer genetics and research companies have grown in popularity and scale. People want to further understand their genetic makeup, leading personal genomics and biotech company 23andMe to become one of the largest consumer-based organisations worldwide. Interestingly, this year, the company has entered a four-year collaboration with GSK to develop new treatments, but using human genetics as the basis for discovery.
Not only looking to develop treatments by analysing human genetics, pharmaceutical companies are looking to even remove hereditary genes which pass diseases down generations. In 2017, human embryos were successfully ‘edited’ through gene editing tool, CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats), eradicating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy within 42 embryos.
1. Vertical integrations
As healthcare providers aim to provide greater transparency, promote collaboration and lower escalating patient costs, 2018 has been the year for a significant number of vertical integrations. CVS Health’s $68mn takeover of health insurer Aetna is a case in point. By influencing more of the supply chain, it will gain significant negotiating power to reduce costs for payers and patients, develop personalised solutions and improve overall outcomes. It will also promote the eradication of delays in process by removing any third parties within traditional business models. Other notable integrations are Optum’s acquisition of the DaVita Medical Group, Humana and Kindred Healthcare and Cigna and Express Scripts.
Reports have indicated that not only has the number of healthcare deals more than doubled in the last five years, the size of deals has also grown as a result of repeat investor interest, highlighting that this trend is here to stay.