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Advances in technology are changing the way healthcare services are delivered, from wearable devices that provide diagnoses and recommend personalized treatments to telehealth tech connecting patients and doctors in a virtual space.
In the GCC countries, Saudi Arabia’s healthcare sector stands at the forefront of a revolution, integrating advanced technology, like Artificial Intelligence (AI), to improve and optimize patient care, diagnosis, and treatment methodologies.
A new report states that 63% of healthcare leaders embrace AI and virtual care technologies.
The 2023 Philips Future Health Index Saudi Arabia report paints a picture of a rapidly transforming healthcare system fuelled by a focus on innovation, collaboration, and environmental sustainability.
A staggering 77% of healthcare leaders are already harnessing the power of AI, a significant jump from 46% in just one year. 73% offer virtual care options, making healthcare more accessible and convenient for patients.
Investment in new technology is also booming, with 30% of leaders committing to it. This shows a strong belief in the potential of tech to improve healthcare delivery.
46% of healthcare leaders in Saudi Arabia are actively establishing collaborations with health technology firms, while an equivalent percentage is involved in partnerships with NGOs and charitable organizations. These efforts aim to mitigate the effects of workforce shortages in the healthcare sector.
Healthcare leaders and younger professionals are optimistic about the potential of new care delivery models to improve affordability and value. 57% of leaders and 56% of younger professionals believe this to be the case.
Environmental sustainability is also becoming a top priority. 36% of leaders are setting ambitious sustainability targets and measuring progress, while 36% are investing in specialized staff to advance these initiatives.
Collaboration is key here, too, with 33% consulting or working with third parties and 32% sharing best practices.
Mohammad Mostafa, General Manager, Health Systems, Philips Middle East, Türkiyeand Africa, said: “It is clear that the kingdom is not merely adapting to change but actively shaping the future of healthcare. The integration of AI, the emphasis on sustainability, and the collaborative spirit underscore the kingdom’s progressive stance.”
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