Decentralization Initiatives Propel Healthcare Technology in Saudi Arabia

(MENAFN) Jalil Allabadi, CEO of Altibbi, a digital health platform based in Amman, highlighted the significant impact of the Saudi Arabian government's decentralization initiatives on the healthcare sector, emphasizing the accelerated adoption of healthcare technology.

Abbadi explained that as hospitals and clinical centers embark on decentralization efforts, their focus on driving profits will create a greater incentive to adopt healthcare technology. By automating and digitizing their operations, these institutions can achieve more efficient workflows and enhance their overall performance.

Altibbi, one of the largest digital health platforms in the Middle East, has successfully raised over USD52.4 million in funding since its inception, underscoring the growing interest and investment in the digital health sector.

With the Kingdom's strategic shift towards preventive health services and a reduced reliance on hospital care, Saudi Arabia aims to digitalize 70 percent of patient activities by 2030. While digital health consultations and activities currently fall short of Vision 2030's targets, Abbadi expressed optimism about the rapid growth in this area.

Abbadi noted that the government is driving the digital health agenda swiftly, implementing policies that mandate the adoption of health tech and legalizing various aspects of digital healthcare. As a result, he believes that achieving the target of 70 percent digitalization is very feasible in the near future.

Startups play a crucial role in fueling the health tech sector, leveraging digital tools such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and big data analytics to integrate them into healthcare services. These technologies enable healthcare providers to predict, prevent, and manage diseases more effectively, ushering in a new era of holistic and patient-centric care.

Saudi Arabia's health tech sector serves as a blueprint for a future where digital health solutions take center stage, benefiting both the well-being of its people and the country's economic diversification and sustainable development goals. The transformative power of digitalization in healthcare is paving the way for a more efficient, accessible, and proactive healthcare system in the Kingdom.



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