Philips recently released the SA results of the first edition of its Future Health Index (FHI), an extensive international study which explores how countries around the world are positioned to meet long-term global health challenges through integration of health systems and adoption of connected care technologies. SA received an overall score of 56.7 out of a possible 100, highlighting the need for a concerted effort to increase access to healthcare; the cost of healthcare came out as one of the top barriers to coordinating healthcare further in SA.
Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi presented at the event, held in Sandton, Johannesburg.
The findings from the study provide valuable insight into the perceived state of readiness of markets around the world to benefit from integration across healthcare systems, and identify significant areas where healthcare systems must transform to deliver value-based care in the future.
Examining the perceptions, behaviours and attitudes of both patients and HCPs, the FHI focuses on three important factors to help countries become better poised to meet current and future healthcare challenges: a) access to healthcare; b) integration of the current health system; and c) adoption of connected health technology and systems.
SA ranked eighth out of 13 countries. The results of the survey highlight the need for a more concerted effort to increase access to healthcare, and conversely indicate a stable performance on healthcare integration, and above average performance on connected care technology adoption.
“The Future Health Index has uncovered a number of significant areas where our healthcare system must transform if we are going to succeed in delivering long-term value-based care,” said Ntutule Tshenye CEO, Philips South & Southern Africa. “It is encouraging to see South Africa starting from a reasonably strong position in its readiness to adopt connected digital technologies that will ultimately drive transformation. The outcome of the South African report provides valuable insight for patients, HCPs and policymakers on where attention needs to be focused to increase levels of access, integration and adoption of health technology to improve healthcare outcomes and patient experience in the long term.”
Look out for more information on the event and the views of Dr Motsoaledi in the August edition of Medical Chronicle.