Healthcare’s Future

In the last few decades, GCC countries have made considerable investments in healthcare infrastructure. There is no doubt that opulent medical centers and healthcare towns are springing up, improving the standard of healthcare and aiming to make the Gulf area a center for medicine.

The healthcare industry is prepared for the future, which will bring with it a new set of anticipated and unexpected challenges, including an increase in population and density, an increase in life expectancy, a rise in the proportion of the population over 65, a change in lifestyle, and more thanks to its world-class infrastructure.

On the other hand, new developments in health-tech services provide a positive outlook by enabling patients to actively participate in their care at every stage of the healing process. Meanwhile, advances in technology will have a wide-ranging effect that makes prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and care possible.

The primary causes of the rising demand for healthcare in the gulf nations are shifting demographics and epidemiological trends. However, transformation initiatives in more developed nations, including the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are propelling a fundamental shift that intends to advance the healthcare sector from its status as an emerging market to one that is ripe for opportunity.

Delivering Services Differently

The aging and growing population, the high incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), the rising expense of medical care, and the increased use of health insurance are all factors driving up prices in the sector. Creating a patient’s “digital profile” and taking a closer look at personalized healthcare is necessary to overcome these obstacles. Tissue engineering, 3D printing, bionics, and robotics technology, as well as targeted and gene therapy, are a few of the cutting-edge medical advancements that are pushing the limits of conventional medicine and paving the way for more individualized care. Overall, the wave of innovation is anticipated to provide more customized services and treatment alternatives, especially when combined with artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and vast amounts of data. As a result, the decade-long discussion on consumer-driven digital health will finally arrive.

Patient empowerment: Patients will become more involved in the decision-making process and take an increasingly active role in the patient journey by using resources like home testing kits, personal electronic monitoring devices, access to their health records, and personal health analytics to influence their health.

Prevention: Predictive diagnosis of illnesses, assisted by technologies like AI-enabled risk profiling, epidemiological knowledge of various districts and cities, and data analytics for focused health screenings, will be advantageous for health systems. The basis for predictive-preventive systems will be this.

More individualized treatment: New technologies (such as tissue engineering and 3D printers) will make individualized care more precise, paving the way for the emergence of bespoke medicine. Health systems will develop and use a patient’s “digital profile” to enable targeted care for both specific patients and populations with similar profiles.

Integrated delivery models: Major movements are occurring from in-patient to out-patient care, the introduction of patient-friendly alternative formats and seamless virtual health delivery networks, as well as additional formats including home care and mall-based care.

Healthcare Professional: The synergy between healthcare professionals and AI will be facilitated by machine-enabled diagnosis, where routine surgery, virtual reality, digital twins, and digital picture diagnostics will all provide higher value and improved health outcomes.

The GCC has seen rapid developments in health technology as a result of its ability to quickly implement technologically enabled measures to combat the COVID-19 epidemic. Health-Tech solutions that are more data-driven and generate efficiencies in operations, prices, and care delivery have caused a more noticeable and disruptive change in healthcare, with a significant move towards prevention rather than treatment. By envisioning public-private collaborations with HealthTech start-ups in the future, decision-makers may use these solutions at scale, spurring growth throughout the health sector’s service chain.