A doctor at the Dutch Royal Philips Electronics Hospital research facility
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Will technology transform healthcare?

With healthcare spending in Asia forecast to double in the next five years, some companies are tapping technology for new ways of treatment

In the future, people may be able to do medical check-ups from home instead of going to the hospital.

Smartphones and even home appliances may also be used to manage chronic diseases like diabetes.

That's the hope of some companies, which are looking at ways to harness the power of technology.

But can Asia, where the demand for healthcare is exploding, adapt to new and possibly expensive methods of treatment?

The BBC's Leisha Chi spoke to Jeroen Tas, the head of Philips Healthcare's newly-created Informatics Solutions and Services group.