Cairo, Egypt – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, is showcasing its portfolio of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled, scalable and smart connected solutions that are helping to build a more robust, agile and sustainable healthcare system to address the current and future needs of healthcare in Africa, at Africa Health ExCon 2022, (5 – 7 June 2022) in Cairo.
With the highest population growth , compounded by the growing incidence of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes causing up to 88%* of deaths on the African continent; and 86% in Egypt, the need for further reaching, more precise, and cost-effective care across Africa is undeniable. The immediate need is intensified by the effect of COVID-19, which resulted in disruptions to essential health services .
Over the past two years – accelerated by the pandemic - countries across Africa including Egypt have started to made investments in the infrastructure needed to enable easier and faster adoption and deployment of digital technologies. This, combined with the positive first-hand experience of a majority of healthcare practitioners in using telehealth and remote-collaboration during the peak of COVID-19, as well as the emerging benefits of AI, and the shift towards predictive analytics and precision medicine, has established a solid foundation for continued digital transformation in the healthcare industry across Africa in the near term.