Most Healthcare Decision Makers Prioritize Virtual Care Delivery, Says Philips Report

Most Healthcare Decision Makers Prioritize Virtual Care Delivery, Says Philips Report

“While the industry’s recent surge in adoption of innovation like virtual care is promising, healthcare leaders are now keenly focused on cementing these solutions into care delivery models long-term,” said Dr. Joe Frassica, head of Philips Research and chief medical officer for North America, in an email to Healthcare IT News. WHY IT MATTERS  

The Future Health Index report found that healthcare leaders appear to be taking a three-step approach to digital transformation: A whopping 89% of U.S. healthcare leaders said they are currently heavily investing in telehealth.  

“It is this reinvigorated spirit of collaboration that will truly advance the industry, helping to establish a much-needed foundational technology infrastructure that future innovation relies on,” he added.   At the same time, the Future Health Index shows that leaders expect their investment in telehealth to drop significantly three years from now.

“Our FHI report found that half of U.S. healthcare leaders are prioritizing strategic partnerships to successfully implement digital health technologies, both with other hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as with health technology companies,” said Frassica.   by investing in telehealth in the shorter term.
by investing in AI in the longer term.
by collaborating with other private hospitals and health technology companies.  

In the longer term, leaders see AI emerging as a key investment priority for the future of care.   “One potential reason could be that leaders will have already built a lasting foundation upon which further digital transformation and future healthcare delivery models can be built,” read the report.  

They are most interested in AI for optimizing operational efficiency, followed by diagnostic integration, outcome prediction and clinical decision support.   The third digital transformation step, execs said, will be to drive change with strategic partners. About one-third of U.S. healthcare leaders say collaboration is necessary to implement digital health technologies.   About 57% of U.S. leaders say that in three years, their healthcare facility will most need to invest in implementing predictive healthcare technologies, compared with 7% currently.  

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