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Philips’ Future Health Index 2021 report reveals transformative post-pandemic agenda of healthcare leaders worldwide

Press releases may be edited for formatting or style | May 10, 2021 European News Health IT

Roughly one third (36%) of European healthcare leaders and one quarter (27%) of those in APAC agree that, to be prepared for the future, their hospital or healthcare facility most needs to invest in implementing predictive technologies like AI and machine learning. Notably, in technologically advanced Singapore, the numbers are higher, with nearly two thirds (62%) of healthcare leaders prioritizing an investment in AI post-pandemic. And while lower, Europe and APAC are still above the averages for the Americas (12%) and the Middle East & Africa (6%) when it comes to prioritizing AI in 2024.

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Implementing environmental sustainability practices rises from the bottom of leaders’ priority list (4%) to the top (58%) in three years’ time, with those in France (86%) and the Netherlands (81%) leading the way. The trend is more pronounced among leaders who work in technologically advanced (smart) hospitals or practices (71%) and those in developed markets (65%).

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Other key trends in healthcare leaders’ current and post-COVID outlook coming out of the Future Health Index 2021 report include:
After a year of crisis, healthcare leaders remain optimistic about the future. The vast majority (86%) think their hospital showed resilience during the pandemic and feel confident in the future (75%).
While leaders rank preparing to respond to crises as their top priority today – with 69% choosing this option – the figure falls to just 3% in three years’ time, indicating healthcare leaders expect to shift their focus away from crisis preparedness.
Current plans for value-based care have been hit by COVID-19 in many countries, with 33% of healthcare leaders in Brazil and 25% in the U.S. saying they have deprioritized this area because of the pandemic. However, overall the picture remains positive: 50% of all leaders are either practicing value-based care currently, or plan to in the future.

Since 2016, Philips has conducted original research to help determine the readiness of countries to address global health challenges and build efficient and effective health systems.

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