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October-December 2021

Gulf hospitals flock to digital health to manage lifestyle diseases

Amid the pandemic, Gulf healthcare systems have been put under unprecedented pressure and, like the rest of the world, the region was pushed to re-evaluate its health processes, particularly in tracking infections and treating patients remotely. But as the crisis subsides, important healthcare policy lessons have been learned, and trends towards digital healthcare have been accelerated. The Middle East and Africa e-health market was valued at $989m in 2020 and is growing at nearly 13% a year, according to Market Data Forecast. E-health broadly covers IT and e-communication in the healthcare sector – making medical care simpler, more accessible and less expensive. More widely, digital health – which comprises technologies such as mobile health, telemedicine, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data – is a rapidly growing international industry that will be worth $504.4bn by the end of 2025, according to Global Market Insights. In the Middle East, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cancer and diabetes, are rising steeply, ...

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