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Healthcare leaders look beyond the crisis


The Future Health Index 2021 South Africa report explores how healthcare leaders are meeting today's demands and building a resilient future.

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Healthcare leaders in the South Africa identify three key trends that are shaping the future of healthcare

Number 1

South African healthcare leaders believe that current local healthcare policies and plans are contributing to building a
resilient healthcare system.

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66% of South African healthcare leaders agree that current healthcare policies and plans in their country are contributing to building a resilient healthcare system.

Number 2

While investment is low today, about
three-quarters of South African healthcare leaders would most like their hospital or healthcare facility to be investing in AI technologies in the future, primarily to help predict care outcomes.

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Number 3

South African healthcare leaders say staff inexperience with new technologies is among the top internal barriers impeding their ability to prepare for the future.

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As healthcare leaders in South Africa look to life beyond the current pandemic, they are preparing for changes in where and how care is delivered to create a system that is sustainable, adaptable and resilient.

Romulen Pillay, General Manager, Philips South Africa

A vision of sustainable and patient-centred healthcare, enabled by smart technology


From the Future Health Index 2021 report, several notable themes emerge as healthcare leaders consider what lies ahead:

A roadmap for benefiting from smart technologies

A roadmap for benefiting from smart technologies that consider the tools that are currently available to them

Sustainability and social responsibility

Growing interest in sustainability and social responsibility

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An emphasis on strategic partnerships to foster innovation and deliver much-needed technology infrastructure

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Increased anticipation of care delivery outside the hospital, driven first by professional-to-professional technology

The Future Health Index is commissioned by Philips.

The Future Health Index 2021 report examines the experiences of almost 3,000 healthcare leaders and their expectations for the future. The research for the Future Health Index 2021 report was conducted in 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States). The study combines a quantitative survey and qualitative interviews conducted from December 2020 - March 2021.

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