3. Learning from forerunners
The third theme of the FHI 2019 report finds that some emerging countries have leapfrogged Singapore in their adoption of certain types of digital health technology.
In addition to leading the way in AI, China and Saudi Arabia have higher rates of telehealth adoption by healthcare professionals at 89% and 75% respectively, compared to 68% in Singapore, 61% in Australia and 66% in India.
The report indicates that this could be due to higher patient demand in these countries, with 44% of individuals in China, and 38% of inidviduals in Saudi Arabia stating that, if given the choice, they would prefer a consultation with their doctor remotely via a digital channel for non-urgent care, compared to just 27% of Singaporeans.
A similar trend is seen in relation to reciprocal data sharing, with 81% of individuals in China and 74% in Saudi Arabia reporting that the information that they receive from their digital health technology and mobile apps frequently leads them to contact healthcare professionals, compared to just 34% of Singaporeans who say the same.
“Singapore has enjoyed a reputation as a global leader in healthcare and needs to continue to prioritize the adoption of new technologies,” added Caroline Clarke. “Increasing not only the adoption, but also the usage, of digital health technology among Singaporean individuals could empower patients to adopt a more proactive attitude towards health management, ultimately improving healthcare outcomes.”
Since 2016, Philips has conducted original research to help determine the readiness of countries to address global health challenges and build efficient and effective health systems. Details on the methodology and a full list of sources are available here. To read the full report, visit www.philips.com/futurehealthindex-2019.
*The Future Health Index surveys were fielded from March 4 to May 19, 2019 in 15 countries (Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, The Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Poland, U.K. and U.S.) in their native language. The survey was conducted online and offline (as relevant to the needs of each market) with a sample size of 1,000 per market for individuals (general population) and 200 per market for healthcare professionals. The exceptions were the US and Germany, which each had slightly larger samples of healthcare professionals. For the general population audience, the survey is representative of key demographics e.g. age, gender, region, location type (rural/urban), income/SEL/education and ethnicity (where appropriate to ask). This was achieved through a mix of balancing and weighting. In Saudi Arabia and Brazil, the survey is nationally representative of the online population. The survey length was approximately 15 minutes for the U.S., Germany, and the Netherlands, and approximately 10 minutes for the remaining markets. The total sample from the survey includes 3,044 healthcare professionals (defined as those who work in healthcare as a doctor, surgeon, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or nurse across a variety of specializations) and 15,114 individuals that represent the adult general population.