London, UK – OCTOBER 20, 2015 – Today, Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), the global leader in health technology, launches the Philips Picture of Health Report examining the UK nation’s attitudes and behaviours towards their health. The findings show a clear gap between what Britons know they should be doing to prevent illness and what they are doing to actively manage their health. However, the report, which surveyed over 2,000 members of the British public and 400 healthcare professionals (HCPs), also shows the potential for data and technology to help people break free from this inertia and take increased responsibility. This in turn would help remove unnecessary pressure on the NHS.
- 76% of British adults believe that establishing good habits is key to preventing poor health in the future but less than half (45%) say they actively manage their health
- 80% agree that despite the continued focus on health, wellness and nutrition we are becoming less healthy as a nation
- 66% of those who do not actively manage their own health believe they would benefit from doing so
- 87% of those asked agree that individuals should take responsibility for their health
- 88% of those using technology to track and manage their health say this has led to a positive change of habit
Like most developed nations, the UK is faced with an ageing population; 1 in 6 is aged over 65, which is set to rise to 1 in 4 by 2050. At the same time, there is a rise in chronic and lifestyle-related diseases. Against this backdrop, prevention has a major role to play in ensuring people stay healthy for as long as possible. The Hippocratic Oath states, “prevent diseases whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure”. Indeed, this model is critical to reducing unnecessary burdens on the NHS, and the Picture of Health Report highlights the benefits of empowering people to monitor and manage their own health through technology.
“The report shows that people know prevention is better than cure, with a sizeable 76% of adults believing good habits lead to better health. There is, however, a gap between patients and HCPs with just 19% of HCPs believing patients have the ability to manage their health effectively. At Philips, we see data and digital innovation as the means to transform healthcare and we want to welcome in the era of connected care and a healthier nation,” comments Sean Hughes, Vice-President, Philips Design, Healthcare.
“The report found that two-thirds (66%) of those people not actively managing their health believe that they would benefit from doing so. This is where companies like Philips can empower and enable people to take an active role in their own health,” added Hughes.
HCPs share this optimism, with 75% of those asked believing that improving the connection between patient data and treatment would lead to better patient outcomes, cost savings (43%) and reduced administration time (33%). It appears that HCPs are keen to see the change with over half (54%) wanting technology companies to create solutions that allow primary and secondary professionals to be better connected.
The report reveals some encouraging signs that as a nation we are moving towards a healthier path. When interviewing HCPs, almost a third (29%) report that half of their patients come to appointments wanting to take control their health, and one in ten people say they are actively tracking and managing their health with a connected device (e.g. wearable tech, smartphone or app). Of those using a connected device to track and manage their health, a staggering 88% say it has led to a positive change of habit. Interestingly, HCPs believe 55% of patients who share health data are more motivated to adhere to their treatments, showing that the right information being made available can help patients with the management of their health.
Philips is uniquely positioned to deliver connected care. With over a century of expertise in healthcare and consumer products, it is able to connect people and professionals. The company combines deep clinical know-how and rich data, consumer insights and advanced technology to design solutions that help individuals along the whole of their health journey - encouraging prevention and healthy living. By taking advantage of traditional care models, but removing boundaries, Philips supports patients and healthcare professionals, making clinical information accessible and relevant for better patient outcomes.
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