76% of health professionals use digital technolog: Philips’ 2019 Future Health Index Report

76% of health professionals use digital technolog: Philips’ 2019 Future Health Index Report

With 76% of healthcare professionals in India already using digital health records (DHRs) in their practice, the country marks to be a forerunner in the adoption of digital health technology, found Royal Philips.

The study revealed that India meets the 15-country average when it comes to the usage of AI within healthcare at 46%.

The report reflects independent research, commissioned by Philips in 15 countries, in which India was included. The study was based on the assessment of care delivery for better patient outcomes, improved patient experience, staff satisfaction, and a lower cost of care with a focus to build sustainable healthcare systems.

Philips’s Future Health Index (FHI) 2019 report showed that a majority of Indian healthcare professionals who use digital health record (DHRs) in their practice report that DHRs have a positive impact on quality of care (90%), healthcare professional satisfaction (89%), and patient outcomes (70%) when compared to the 15-country average of 69%, 64% and 59% respectively.

When Indian healthcare professionals are supported by digital technology, their experience improves. According to the study, 64% of Indian healthcare professionals agree that patients having access to their own health data (including test results, prescriptions, scans etc.) has positively impacted their patients’ experience.

Encouraging broader use of telehealth is needed in India to revolutionize healthcare. About two-thirds (67%) of Indians feel comfortable or neutral about seeking medical advice from their doctor through a health application on their phone, suggesting a high willingness and openness to further adopt telehealth and unlock its benefits, found the study.

Commenting on the launch, Rohit Sathe, President – Philips Healthcare, Indian Subcontinent said, “Philips’ Future Health Index 2019 report confirms that digital health technology is a pivotal pillar in delivering value-based care across the healthcare continuum in India. Tools including telehealth and adaptive intelligence (AI) solutions can help lower the barriers between hospitals and patients, thereby improving access to care and enhancing overall patient satisfaction, particularity in tier II & III cities in India..”

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