Royal Philips has recently released the Future Health Index (FHI) India 2022 report, titled “Healthcare hits reset: Priorities shift as healthcare leaders navigate a changing world.”
The report, which analyses how healthcare leaders are utilising the power of data and digital technology as they attempt to address their main concerns arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, is based on exclusive research from approximately 3,000 respondents conducted across 15 nations.
The results showed that healthcare leaders in India are now more concerned with providing their staff with better assistance by addressing issues including well-being and satisfaction.
The report further noted a considerable improvement from the previous year, when only 17% of Indian healthcare leaders stated that they prioritised staff retention and satisfaction. While currently, 31% of them claimed they do so now.
Furthermore, extended care delivery has become a significant area of focus for Indian healthcare officials, with 26% saying that they are emphasizing it presently and 32% believing that it would continue to remain a top priority in the next three years.
Sharing his views, Chhitiz Kumar, Head of Sales and Service, Health Systems, Philips Indian Subcontinent, said, “The pressure exerted on the Indian healthcare industry during the pandemic was unrelenting. However, it provided the much-needed impetus to the adoption of digital technologies in healthcare and increased its accessibility. The Philips Future Health Index India 2022 report explores a resetting of priorities and of care delivery itself, as Indian healthcare leaders navigate a fundamentally changed world. We hope that the insights from our report will aid key stakeholders in empowering Indian healthcare leaders to work towards building healthcare systems that are sustainable, adaptable, and resilient.”
The Covid-19 pandemic hastened telehealth implementation and improved treatment access for those living in rural areas.
Currently, Indian healthcare officials highly support the use of remote care solutions, with 51% stating that telehealth is currently their top investment sector and 33% listing the transition to virtual care as one of their top goals.
The increased implementation of digital health records (DHR), a prerequisite for providing remote treatment, has also accompanied investments in telehealth.
Moreover, Indian healthcare leaders’ investment priorities reflect the government’s efforts to make healthcare data-driven, with half (49%) citing digital health records as their top investment.
Besides, leaders are considering a novel, technologically driven approaches to enhance healthcare in order to build a more robust, future-ready healthcare service.
Over the next three years, Indian healthcare officials anticipate that investments in telehealth will fall by 12% points. However, they also predict that investments in artificial intelligence (AI) will double, rising by 28% points.
Meanwhile, Indian healthcare experts are addressing infrastructure issues while simultaneously aiming to improve data utilisation in their facilities. Raising the level of awareness and understanding among hospital staff is one of their top focuses for addressing these issues.
Currently, only 9% of hospital administrators believe their organisation has all the necessary skills, even while 62% agree that their organisation has some of the knowledge needed to use data effectively.