The healthcare industry, globally, is fundamentally influenced by the deployment of technology. More than any other industry, the healthcare sector will benefit from technology adoption, and Africa is uniquely positioned to prosper from these technological advances.
Dorman Followwill, Senior Partner for Transformational Health at Frost & Sullivan says that the great healthcare challenge facing humanity today can be summarized as follows: how can we deliver high quality care to every patient globally in a sustainably affordable way?
“A key answer will be through the digital revolution of the healthcare industry – at the point of care, around earlier and more accurate diagnostics, and in the pharma-space with drug device combinations and apps enhancing patient compliance through gamification. We believe one of the staging grounds for this digital revolution will be in Africa,” he says.
The online web conference “Africa Healthcare Industry Outlook for 2016” will highlight some of the key trends identified within the African healthcare industry.
“Digital health is on the brink of turning the healthcare industry on its head,” says Dr Etienne van Wyk, Healthcare Manager for Africa at Frost & Sullivan. “We see it gaining more and more traction on a global level, and this is certainly true for Africa as well. Growing penetration of mobile phones and broadband connections, as well as the growing trend to interact commercially on mobile phones, offers companies an excellent opportunity to develop new solutions and engage with consumers.”
He adds that Africans are incredibly tech savvy, and that no company should make the mistake of thinking that their digital health solutions are not applicable to a growing connected African market.
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