Sydney, Australia, 26 August 2019 – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced the publication of its Future Health Index 2019 report in Australia, titled ‘Transforming healthcare experiences: Exploring the impact of digital health technology on healthcare professionals and patients’1. The report reflects independent research, commissioned by Philips, which highlights how Australia can accelerate the shift from volume-based to value-based care in the drive for a more sustainable healthcare system.
Now in its fourth year, the report focuses on the role digital health technology plays in improving both the individual citizen and the healthcare professional experience – two elements of the ‘Quadruple Aim’ in healthcare.
One of the topics explored in the Future Health Index is how artificial intelligence (AI) can drive efficiencies in the healthcare system, beyond operational tasks. The data shows that while healthcare professionals in Australia are using AI for some tasks, it must move beyond patient and staff scheduling. In fact, 57 percent have indicated that they are comfortable using AI for this purpose, while only a third or less are comfortable using the technology to action treatment plans (33 percent), or for diagnostic purposes (27 percent). Increasing the use of AI will improve healthcare outcomes for Australians and assist healthcare professionals to focus on providing more value-based care.