Power Letters 2024: Dr Azad Moopen, founder and chairman, Aster DM Healthcare
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Power Letters 2024: Dr Azad Moopen, founder and chairman, Aster DM Healthcare

Power Letters 2024: Dr Azad Moopen, founder and chairman, Aster DM Healthcare

The industry is witnessing a shift towards personalised treatment plans, incorporating patient feedback into service development, and empowering individuals in their healthcare journey

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In an era marked by rapid technological advancements, global interconnectedness, and rising challenges posed by climate change and its impact on future generations, the outlook for healthcare is undergoing a paradigm shift.

The link between climate change and its impact on healthcare is undeniable and we must integrate sustainability with innovation into core healthcare operations. It is also very important for the global healthcare systems to be ready not only to support the evolving needs of people but also to manage Black Swan events like the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sustainable healthcare systems are a key requirement to reduce carbon footprint on the planet and to build capacity for emergency preparedness created by climate-related disasters. Healthcare systems around the world need to become energy efficient, transition to renewable energy and ensure effective waste management.

The future of healthcare

Healthcare innovation is also key for the future of healthcare. The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) is creating ripples in the field. Many of the diagnostic tests and radiological studies, such as MRI and CT scans, are now being read by machines instead of people. Doctors are provided with able decision-making support systems which help in better diagnosis.

Genomic studies have helped in the diagnosis and treatment of many of the diseases. Proactive rather than reactive medical practices are gaining centre stage. Personalised instead of generalised treatment modalities are now gaining momentum as well.

In addition, the cornerstone and future of healthcare is all about patient-centricity. The industry is witnessing a shift towards personalised treatment plans, incorporating patient feedback into service development, and empowering individuals in their healthcare journey. The focus has evolved from a one-size-fits-all approach to a holistic model that ensures the well-being of both patients and the planet.

The GCC health sector is also a market that is ripe for future growth. In the UAE, the country’s share of population above the age of 65 is forecast to increase to 4.4 per cent by 2030, up from 1.1 per cent at present, according to the World Bank. This is expected to stimulate increased demand for quaternary care and facilities providing advanced healthcare with experts, including geriatric care.

A growing population, changing dynamics and the UAE government’s focus on building the country as the hub for world-class medical tourism will bring in investments from the private sector and open opportunities for digital tech solution providers, innovators, and experienced medical professionals.

Similarly, immense opportunities lie ahead for countries such as Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar as the region gears up to meet rising healthcare demands locally, without patients having to travel abroad to seek advanced care.

Saudi Arabia is expected to see massive growth and change in the healthcare sector, with the government focused on improving healthcare infrastructure as a part of its Vision 2030. There is huge potential for primary care operators to expand their network of standardised care and meet public demand.

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