5 out of 14 countries in the Middle East have a well-defined digital transformation plan for healthcare in action. Governments, healthcare providers and companies will have to figure out how to initiate entire healthcare ecosystems to adopt new technology-enabled ways of solving challenges in healthcare.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (The EIU’s) whitepaper ‘Digital Health: Digital Transformation in the Middle East‘, explores how the entire healthcare landscape is shifting as a result of digital health, and examines the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in the realities of finding digital health solutions for this region.

5 out of 14 countries in the Middle East have a well-defined digital transformation plan for healthcare
in action.

Despite funding pressures as a result of low global oil prices, the countries of the Middle East are keen to build world-class healthcare systems and have set out strategic plans to do so. The UAE, has embarked on its plans and vision to build high-tech medical cities, while Qatar and Saudi Arabia each have a Vision for 2030. Central to them all is investment in digital health, as our latest white paper explains.

Telehealth technologies are helping to make collaborative care work to address the challenge of overburdened healthcare systems.

New telehealth regulations are critical in helping bridge the challenges of implementing telehealth at a meaningful level – expanding the range of telehealth services that can be offered to patients.

Big data and artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to expand the clinical perspective, but open data models are needed.

More than half of global healthcare executives polled believe artificial intelligence (AI) use in medical decision support will be adopted more widely in the Middle East region. Already in late 2017, the UAE government appointed a minister for AI with a ‘UAE Strategy for AI’, that aims to integrate AI into medical services to minimise chronic and life-threatening diseases in the country.

AI has heralded new models of care delivery. Dubai’s Salem Innovation Centre, the region’s first fully autonomous AI medical centre, launched in early 2018, delivers medical tests services without any human intervention.

But regulatory concerns around patient data continue to hold back AI in the region, as most of the data protection regulation in the region is fragmented, with stronger regulations around privacy than security.

Future care models for the Middle East: Keeping people healthy

Digital technology is making new care experiences possible by reshuffling delivery nodes of different medical services that will bring opportunities in decentralised and near-patient products and services.

Digital health in the Middle East: Not a question of if, but when and how

While the level of digital maturity is uneven across the Middle East, and sometimes across different areas of healthcare, EIU Healthcare’s market insights and growth consulting services can help companies answer key questions to develop and execute a successful growth strategy:

  • How will digital health technologies shape healthcare?
  • How can you realign your business across the healthcare value chain to maintain relevance?
  • How can you engage your users in a rapidly changing market?
  • Who will make the best partners to execute your digital health vision?
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