UAE leads in Future Health Index

DUBAI, 25th October, 2016 (WAM) — The United Arab Emirates ranked 1st out of 13 countries surveyed by Future Health Index (FHI), receiving an overall score of 65.3 out of a possible 100, highlighting an increasing interest and growing confidence in technological solutions and connected care adoption.

Royal Philips, a leading health technology company, launched on Tuesday the results of the first edition of the FHI on the sidelines of the Dubai Investment Forum. The FHI, which is an extensive international 3rd party study that has been commissioned by Philips, explores how countries around the world are positioned to meet long-term global health challenges through integration and connected care technologies.

The Netherlands and China also coming in high, with scores of 58.9 and 58.1 respectively.

Arjen Radder, CEO of Philips Middle East and Turkey, said, “The Dubai Investment Forum is a strong platform that connects a wide range of investors with insights on existing, new and emerging investment opportunities across several key growth sectors. The launch of the FHI is the perfect example to shed light on a number of significant areas where healthcare systems must transform if they are going to succeed in delivering long-term value-based care.” ” It is encouraging to see the UAE is a global leader to adopting connected care and digital healthcare measures,” he added.

Moreover, Fahad Al Gergawi, CEO of Dubai Investment Development Agency, said, “We are pleased to continue building on the existing partnership we have with Philips, which leverages the company’s capabilities in driving a robust healthcare innovation and diagnostics approach. Public private partnerships are key to developing an integrated roadmap for investment and sustainable economic growth in all important industry practices.”

Philips continues to build on its partnership with the Dubai Investment Development Agency through the MoU that was signed last year, which focuses on consulting, cooperating and exchanging information in areas of mutual interest that will further drive mutual strategic interests and objectives.

Examining the perceptions, behaviours and attitudes of patients and healthcare professionals, the FHI focuses on three important factors necessary to move toward a more integrated system of healthcare: access to healthcare; integration of the current health system; and adoption of connected health technology devices and systems.

The study, which runs annually, was conducted in partnership with an independent global market research firm in 13 countries in recent months. More than 2,600 healthcare professionals and 25,000 patients were questioned in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, UAE, U.K. and U.S.

While the data illustrates the growing opportunity for digital technology to drive healthcare transformation, the FHI also reveals varying levels of readiness across markets and unveils opportunities for improvement to encourage broader user adoption globally.

Three-quarters (76%) of healthcare professionals in developed markets agree their patients have access to the treatments needed for current and future medical conditions, versus just over half (58%) of those in emerging markets.

Overall, it is emerging markets such as the UAE that appear to be leading the way in terms of connected device adoption, and more practitioners in emerging economies expect connected devices to be used to manage health in the future.

In order to improve the quality, access and affordability of care, healthcare systems are transforming from a focus on hospital-based acute care to new models of integrated, coordinated care along the health continuum from healthy living and prevention to diagnosis, treatment and home care.

The FHI provides valuable insight for patients, healthcare professionals and policymakers – in both developed and emerging markets – on where attention needs to be focused to increase their respective levels of access, integration and adoption of health technology to improve healthcare outcomes and patient experience in the long term.