- 82% of Singaporeans believe that the Internet has made their lives better
- 81% believe medical technology will help them live longer
- 79% feel it is their own responsibility to figure out the best technology that can improve their sense of health and well-being
Singapore – A new study released today by Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI), found that Singaporeans are keen on technology that can affect their health and well-being. The Philips Index: Singapore’s Health & Well-being Report 2010, explores the perceptions and behaviour of adult Singaporeans (18 to 65 and above) towards health. The study also revealed that (79%) of Singaporeans feel they are responsible for figuring out which technologies will help improve their health and well-being.
The majority of Singaporeans (61%) feel they will live to be at least 71 years old – on par with sentiment expressed by other countries etc, except Japan. This is felt most strongly by those 65 and older with nearly half believing that they will live a longer life than their parents, and 69% believing they’ll make it to 81 or older. 18% believe they will make it past the century mark.
With optimism comes hope for the future and Singaporeans also have a strong belief in the value of technology for health and medicine. According to the study, 81% of Singaporeans believe that medical technology will help them to live longer. This is on par with most other countries with the exception of Japan (14%) and UK (38%).
In terms of current technology, the majority feels that technology has made life better when it comes to medical treatment (81%), medical diagnosis (79%) and health maintenance and prevention (78%).
“Technology plays an integral part of everyday life among Singaporeans. This is a nation with a more holistic and sophisticated approach to using technology to their own advantage, to improve their health and well-being. There is, however, a marked difference in the attitude of the young and the older group towards technology, which is perhaps not surprising,” said Wayne Spittle, Senior Vice-President and Commercial Leader, Philips Healthcare Asia Pacific.
“The data in the study will shed light on how the different age group varies in their attitudes and behaviours towards their health and well-being, and towards technology. This will help deepen understanding as policy makers and care providers work together to manage the healthcare challenges in an aging population, and as technology is increasing adopted as an aid to manage healthcare at home.”
The Role of Technology in the Lives of Singaporeans
Eight in 10 believe the Internet has improved their life, that medical technology will help them to live longer, and that their lifestyle improves as new technologies are created. While there is little difference in tech attitudes among men and women, men tend to be a bit more tech savvy, but also tech dependent. They are also more likely to know how to use all their smartphone features and check the Internet for health information compared to women.
Technology in Health
Apart from serving the purpose of communication and gathering information, the study also shows that there is a strong belief in the value of technology for health and medicine among the respondents. A significant 82% feel that the existence of the Internet has made their lives better, with 68% percent saying that they refer to the Internet first when they want to find out about a pressing health issue. 79% of Singaporeans feel they need to take ownership for figuring out which technologies will help improve their health and well-being. While most are interested in devices, women seem keener in this regard. For example, 77% would like a monitor that would allow them to make emergency calls and 73% would like a device to help plan healthy meals for their family.
Technology and Us
Most Singaporeans are generally tech savvy, having the right balance of being able to utilise advanced features along with basic functions. The majority however, either always or frequently read the manuals that come with new technology products and one in three will rely on the manual only when there is a problem. When selecting new types of technology, Singaporeans take into account durability, quality, ease of use and how much time it saves. Women have a better connection with technology companies with 58% saying brands are very much in touch with their needs as a consumer.
As compared to the older generation, young adults feel more positively towards technology. They believe that the Internet (92%) and social media (82%) has made their lives better. A staggering 87% believe that their lifestyles will improve as new technologies are created, compared to just 59% in the older group who feel the same.
About the Philips Index: Singapore’s Health & Well-being Report 2010
The Philips Index: Singapore’s Health & Well-being Report 2010 aims to understand the perception of and actions related to people’s health, to provide the government, communities, and healthcare organisations in Singapore with a collective view of the current status and needs of patients as well as care providers, to ensure considered solutions in addressing healthcare challenges. It examines the mega trends which shape a country’s healthcare, its lifestyle and who we are as a society, determining what aspects of health and well-being are most important, how satisfied people are with them, and the role that technology plays in maintaining better health and well-being.
In order to assess more specifically the state of health and well-being, Philips set 17 items like job, income as well as stress and calculated the Philips Index by multiplying the importance of each item to a person’s health and well-being and the rate of satisfaction of each of them.
The Philips Index: Singapore’s Health & Well-being Report 2010 is part of a global initiative which is being conducted in over 30 countries around the world.