ICT Health, the region’s most awarded clinical technology systems integrator, today announced its plan to launch a set of cloud services that monetizes collaboration between care stakeholders whilst helping care providers virtually engage their patients. Traditionally, most hospitals have focused on adopting Health IT to drive efficiencies through process automation in the hope of improved clinical and financial outcomes. However, in today’s connected world, a true digital care facility has to look beyond its physical boundaries and leverage mobility to take ‘care’ to the patient.
“ICT Health’s digital destination has always been collaborative social care. Our upcoming cloud service ‘HinaiX’ draws inspiration from mainstream social media technologies and is designed to work in convergence with our flagship HINAI Web platform enabling interconnected networks of practitioners, care facilities and service providers which we believe will enhance the levels of patient care. With regional governments encouraging investment in healthcare IT, there is a growing demand for integrated solutions from healthcare providers,” said Gautam Dey, MD & CEO, ICT Health.
As per data released by IDC last year, spending on IT services and products among health care providers in Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and the UAE are expected to grow at double digit, with healthcare being the second-fastest-growing sector after government, in terms of IT spending. Saudi Arabia is the fastest-growing healthcare IT market in the MEA region, forecast to expand by around 13.4% annually, followed by United Arab Emirates.
“Our comprehensive knowledge of regional healthcare regulatory requirements, patient privacy, and state-of-the-art secure cloud computing makes us a partner of choice for healthcare organizations,” Dey added.
Elaborating on ‘HinaiX’, Fareed Al Hinai, Vice Chairman ICT Health, said: “Healthcare takes place as much outside hospitals as it does in the facility. Through HinaiX, we can also help enterprise care providers, both governmental and private sector to aggregate and analyze health data, trends and patterns from specific demographics to larger populations. These findings can then be used to better manage population health, obtain granular cost visibility and benefit from big data analytical models for better policy planning and research.”
With HinaiX, ICT Health plans to interoperably link ambulatory and acute care encounters with home care and wearable data through secure exchange of meaningful and standards-based health information. Aided by the increased availability of higher bandwidth in GCC countries, better connectivity and smart mobile devices, this meaningful collaboration amongst healthcare stakeholders will help bring to fruition new age care access and delivery channels. This would also help create alternative business models for care providers to sustain their competitive advantage.
ICT Health unveiled HinaiX to health care providers and Ministry of Health officials at an event held at The Palace Downtown in Dubai. The company is set to launch the ‘HinaiX’ service in the second quarter of 2016 in GCC countries and envisions to introduce it in phases.