SA healthcare leaders optimistic about country's healthcare

SA healthcare leaders optimistic about country's healthcare

Despite South Africa experiencing more Covid-19 cases than any other country on the continent - grappling changing variants, hard lockdown measures, capacity and over-crowding issues - most healthcare leaders have expressed optimism about the future, as healthcare moves towards value-based care, digital transformation and future-proofing care with sustainable solutions.

With a focus on patient-centred healthcare enabled by smart technology, their vision is shaped by a fresh emphasis on partnerships, sustainability and new models of care delivery, both inside and outside the hospital.

Healthcare leaders are also confident in the ability of the country’s healthcare system.

Future Health Index 2021

This is according to Royal Philips, global health technology company and its Future Health Index (FHI) 2021 South Africa report: A Resilient Future: Healthcare leaders look beyond the crisis.

Now in its sixth year, the Future Health Index 2021 report is based on proprietary research across 14 countries, including South Africa, representing the largest global survey of its kind analysing the current and future priorities of healthcare leaders worldwide.

Feedback from healthcare leaders – including executive officers, financial officers, technology and information officers, operating officers and more – explores the challenges they have faced since the onset of the pandemic, and where their current and future priorities lie, revealing a new vision for the future of healthcare.

The optimism of the healthcare leaders is in contrast with the findings from the Future Health Index 2020 report where younger South African healthcare leaders were less likely than those across many of the other countries surveyed to have a positive perception of the healthcare system in their country.

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