June 30, 2021 1:02 pm Published by Categorised in: , ,

The pandemic has fast-forwarded our dependence on technology; internet has become faster and cheaper, we effortlessly meet colleagues digitally, and we spend more time at our computers. Put simply – remote work has become the new normal. In fact, in Saudi Arabia tech is even replacing oil as the upcoming hot thing.

As Rob Thomas, senior vice president of the cloud and data platform at IBM, puts it, “I really think this is a new normal. The pandemic accelerated what was going to happen anyway”.

The demand for new tech has increased dramatically and it is improving lives.

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The demand for digital health is anticipated to increase by 14.2% within 2021 alone. Digital mental health is a nascent sector, and one country is seizing the overwhelming opportunity to reliably and effectively enhance the lives of millions of employees.

Saudi Arabia is Leading the Way

The Ministry of Health (MoH) plans to improve the “efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare sector through the use of information technology and digital transformation.” Innovation in digital health tech is part of their “Vision 2030” – a scheme to develop and implement objectives to improve healthcare through investment and transformation.

Saudi Arabia now spends the highest percent of GDP on health (4.16%) among GCCcountries as part of its Vision 2030. Between 2005 and 2012, the number of physicians per 10,000 population was roughly 9.4, but has since almost tripled to 24.9 between 2007-2013.

Here are 3 ways Saudi Arabia will lead the digital workplace revolution:

1. Remote Access to Healthcare Professionals

Doctors and physicians will be able to offer healthcare remotely. This means that people can have quick and easy access to healthcare. Treatment not only includes remote examination but doctors will be easily able to digitise their reports and utilise new systems to forward these to other experts for analysis.

This is already being used in 4 hospitals and 60 clinics that have an interconnected data network and it is thanks to the increase in the AI and robotics that have allowed this futuristic, accessible, and remote access to healthcare to be closer to mainstream.

2. Automated Health-Anomaly Detection

Faster than getting in touch with a medical professional, the plans are to utilise devices that can automatically detect physical changes in health that the user may be unaware of. The Apple Watch is an example of a device that does this and there are cases where the device has detected health-anomalies in the user, which have resulted in saving multiple lives.

This is important as sometimes a person does not know the indicators of certain health conditions or may simply be unaware of them. The plans are to allow the device to suggest where to find help or automatically contact emergency services if required.

3. Removing the Mental Health Stigma

Although it is often difficult to discuss mental health issues in Saudi Arabia, the aim is to remove these issues completely. Remote access to services are now secure and confidential. Because more people are now receiving treatment, it will enable more people to talk openly about mental health and understand that discussing mental health is not an issue.

What’s Next for Saudi Arabia?

As the 2030 Vision continues, it will revolutionise the health care sectors through digitisation. And each of these three points will mean a better future:

  1. The new digital records system will reach wide-spread adoption across all hospitals, which will enable easy sharing of data with the required professional. Also, through the big-data collected from the shared digital database, AI can be used to examine the data to find new breakthroughs in a range of medical scenarios to improve our health.
  2. Health-related issues will be detected through smart-devices and people will be able to seek help faster and with improved diagnoses.
  3. The mental health stigma will collapse thanks to increased investment in confidential yet easily available health-care services thanks to digitisation.

All this is is expected to make health care spending more efficient, which will allow spending to improve lives in different areas.

Essentially, Saudi Arabia is developing an exciting and futuristic place for digital health that will set new standard for the rest of the world.

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Saudi Arabia is leading the way to being the number one place for digital mental heath implementation. Saudi Arabia has moved from being outside of the top 40 to inside the top 30 within the past 10 years for health expenditure. Thanks to this investment in innovative tools such as those provided by Kaktus.AI, Saudi Arabia can expect to see:

  • Increased productivity
  • Increased savings
  • Happy, motivated and loyal employees
  • Reduced sick leave

Saudi Arabia is just an example of what the future might be like, thanks to their investments in bringing the futuristic benefits of the digital workplace into reality.

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