Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, has published its Future Health Index (FHI) 2020 report: ‘The age of opportunity: Empowering the next generation to transform healthcare.’ The report is the first large-scale survey of the younger healthcare professionals capturing feedback from nearly 3,000 respondents under the age of 40, across 15 countries including around 200 from Saudi Arabia.
This year, Philips’ Future Health Index (FHI) 2020 report delves into the experiences of younger healthcare professionals, who will make up the majority of our healthcare workforce over the next 20 years. Critical insights gathered from the survey reveal the hopes and dreams of Saudi Arabia’s next generation and its readiness to manage tomorrow’s healthcare.
Saudi Arabia is leading the way in preparing younger healthcare professionals for the realities of their role which includes managing business administration tasks, the adoption of new technologies, data privacy regulations and driving efficiencies. The study reveals that Saudi Arabia’s younger healthcare professionals are well positioned for the future, often performing above average of all countries surveyed. 84% of younger healthcare professionals believe that digital health technologies will improve patients’ experiences and 94% of Saudi Arabia’s young healthcare professionals work in hospitals that are open to embrace new technology. 83% of surveyed also agreed that advancements in medical technology make them excited about the future of the healthcare profession.
Mohammed Mostafa, Health Systems General Manager for Philips Middle East & Turkey said, “The burden of transforming healthcare lies on the shoulders of this next generation of healthcare professionals, but too often their views are not fully understood, nor taken into consideration to impact change. The findings of the Future Health Index (FHI) 2020 report reconfirms that our local younger healthcare professionals in Saudi Arabia, are well-equipped, to use technology to deliver better care, and make a difference in patient outcomes. This is due to education as well as through the hospital’s digital capabilities. The younger generation’s desire to embrace healthcare technology, coupled with the Ministry of Health’s eHealth strategy roadmap, accelerates the Kingdom towards the next level of digital healthcare as outlined in the Saudi Vision 2030.”
The Future Health Index 2020 report identifies three core themes and critical findings: