UAE residents harnessing digital technologies for healthier lives: Philips Report

UAE – Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, has released its first “Health Trends Research United Arab Emirates (UAE)” report that shows how residents of the UAE are harnessing the power of digital technologies for healthier living habits.

The Philips Health Trends Research UAE reveals that 95% of respondents believe technology can help manage their health more efficiently due to its ease of use, faster access to health experts, easier access to results, and by allowing all their healthcare data to be stored in one place.

Philips commissioned Censuswide, an independent market research consultancy, to conduct the study aimed to equip healthcare providers with insights into current health trends and public perceptions of healthcare in the UAE.

The real-life examples presented in the latest report will enable healthcare providers to the emerging healthcare consumerism trends to address immediate priorities and meet future patient needs.

The top four factors influencing decision-making are better understanding of healthy living, access to and maintenance of personal medical records, mentor programs that provide guided health support to keep them on track, along with doctors having access to their information regardless of a hospital.

The first-of-its-kind Philips Health Trends report highlights that UAE residents are ready to embrace digital health technology to realize a healthier future, for themselves and a healthy planet, besides wanting to be more proactive about their health and well-being.

According to the report, 89% of respondents rated their current health status as good, with an impressive 88% committing to being more proactive about their health and well-being.

The shifts in consumer perceptions and behaviour towards well-being and technology are expected to have a long-term impact on the way people think about and engage with healthcare in the future,” stated the Dutch corporation.

Shedding light on the state of local healthcare, Philips study’s findings indicate that residents in the UAE greatly value sustainable business practices, which creates a heightened need for healthcare leaders to achieve sustainable healthcare.

The recent study validates that the UAE is well-positioned to transition its healthcare approach from sick care, which has historically been the norm, to value-based healthcare,” said Marc Antoine Zora, General Manager and District Leader, Gulf & Levant, Philips Middle East.

He pointed out that the value-based healthcare approach lays emphasis on proactive preventive measures, supported by advanced technology, to improve health outcomes at every stage of care, including diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.

Moreover, healthcare providers in the UAE have a unique opportunity to truly transform healthcare by tapping into the latest innovations in telehealth that offer several advantages in the pursuit of better patient outcomes.

With the patient population embracing sustainable innovations, we believe the sector has an unparalleled opportunity to expand access to quality healthcare, sustainably, while improving outcomes for better healthcare in the UAE and beyond,” Zora added.

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