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Jul 04, 2022

Australian healthcare
leaders look to data and predictive technologies to solve their biggest
challenges, according to Philips Future Health Index 2022 report

  • Australian healthcare leaders see extending access to care as a key priority, with a majority (76%) believing that predictive analytics could positively impact health equity
  • 78% say their healthcare facility is able to extract actionable insights from the data they have available
  • However, data silos, technology infrastructure and a shortage in skilled staff continue to hinder their ability to utilise data effectively
  • Australian leaders are more likely than the global average to want transparency, data security regulations and success stories about predictive analytics in clinical settings


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology recently announced the publication of its Australian Future Health Index (FHI) 2022 report: ‘Healthcare hits reset: Priorities shift as healthcare leaders navigate a changed world’. Now in its seventh year, the Future Health Index 2022 report is based on proprietary research from almost 3,000 respondents conducted across 15 countries, including Australia, and explores how healthcare leaders are harnessing the power of data and digital technology as they look to address their key challenges coming out of the pandemic.

While many healthcare leaders trust the insights data delivers, the report finds that they continue to face perennial barriers that stop them from fully and effectively utilizing data and predictive analytics.

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The results of the 2022 report continue to show that Australian healthcare leaders believe digital technologies can solve some of the most pressing issues currently challenging our health system. Leaders across the Australian health sector need to collaborate and find ways to address these persistent barriers to make real progress with their priorities"

Matt Moran

Managing Director of Philips Australia & New Zealand

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Technology, an imperative for positive change 

Australian healthcare leaders are emerging from the pandemic with an increased focus on social responsibility and are looking to digital solutions to support these goals. Investing in remote health technologies, such as telehealth, is seen as one of the solutions to extend access to care beyond existing facilities, with 36% of healthcare leaders saying this is currently a key priority, and 42% saying it will become even more important in the near future. 

Timely access to specialist care for Australians living in remote or rural communities (around one third of the population) is challenging. Healthcare leaders see the potential technology holds to address some of these disparities, with 76% believing predictive analytics can positively impact health inequity and 77% believing it can help to reduce the cost of care.

In 2021, 4% of Australian healthcare leaders said they were focused on embedding sustainable practices in their healthcare facility. With calls growing across the sector to become more environmentally conscious, the 2022 FHI report shows that 31% of Australian healthcare leaders have put sustainability practices at the top of their present-day agenda, a figure significantly greater than the global average of 24%. 

Overcoming the barriers to effective data use is crucial to gain widespread adoption

Australian healthcare leaders are data confident but say gaps in talent and technology infrastructure are impeding their ability to fully unlock the power of data. Although 78% say their healthcare facility can extract actionable insights from their available data, 74% of healthcare leader are frustrated by data silos that continue to hinder their organization’s ability to utilize data effectively. 

The pandemic has pushed the sector to the edge and healthcare practitioners are experiencing high degrees of burnout. 77% of healthcare leaders say their staff are overwhelmed by the volume of data available. Together with skills gaps and overall workforce shortages, one in four (27%) of healthcare leaders are prioritizing staff satisfaction and retention as a key priority. 

As they seek solutions to these perennial issues, 42% of Australian healthcare leaders are agree the availability of data specialists would support them in using data more effectively, which is almost twice as high as the global average of 24%. 

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The potential for predictive analytics to supercharge care 

More than half (55%) of Australian healthcare leaders say they have adopted, or are currently in the process of adopting, predictive analytics. A vast majority of healthcare leader believe this technology can positively impact a wide range of areas, such as health outcomes, patient experience, population health management and cost of care. 

69% of Australian healthcare leaders say they are using predictive analytics in operational settings and 68% say they are using it in clinical settings. Despite having high levels of trust in both areas, Australian leaders are more likely than the global average to want transparency, data security regulations and success stories about predictive analytics in clinical settings. 

Since 2016, Philips has conducted original research to help determine the readiness of countries to address global health challenges and build efficient and effective health systems.  For details on the Future Health Index methodology and to access the Future Health Index 2022 report in its entirety, visit our site.

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About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and well-being, and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2021 sales of EUR 17.2 billion and employs approximately 78,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found on our news center.

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Sarah AL Hashimi

Sarah Al-Hashimi

Corporate Communications Manager

Philips, Australia & New Zealand


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