Health and social care are often the key drivers of demand for healthcare in a world of digitalisation, according to an infographic by the London-based charity Medscape.
Key findings:The infographic shows how people pay for healthcare, the different ways in which we use health and social healthcare, and how people can pay for them through digital channels.
The infographic also shows how the NHS is becoming a key driver of demand in the digital economy and how that can lead to the creation of new ways of providing healthcare in the future.
The information is based on a survey conducted by Medscape in which more than 1,000 UK residents were asked to identify which of the NHS’s different components were most important to them, as well as what services they would like to see more of in the NHS.
For the NHS, the most important element was the provision of primary healthcare.
In this regard, the survey found that 78 per cent of respondents identified primary healthcare as the most crucial aspect of the health service.
“For people who have no access to a GP or are currently unable to access primary healthcare services, this can be a real barrier to getting the support and care they need to live a healthy and productive life,” said Dr Andrew Wood, Director of Healthcare Delivery at Medscape UK.
“So how do we help people access healthcare through digital platforms?” he said.
“The UK has a significant digital gap, and it’s only going to get bigger.
The digital revolution is transforming healthcare in ways that were unimaginable even a few years ago.”
By 2020, more people than ever will be accessing healthcare through a variety of digital channels, and this will require new ways to deliver healthcare services.
“The infographic focuses on how the digital age is transforming the NHS as a health care provider.
It also shows where people are paying for healthcare online.
The top five countries that use the most digital currencies to pay are China, Japan, Sweden, Norway and Estonia.”
It’s clear that the digital era is already having a significant impact on the delivery of healthcare,” said Professor Ian MacNeil, Director at Medepress, a UK-based health research organisation.”
Healthcare is becoming an increasingly important part of the digital world, with the introduction of digital payment options, e-health and mobile phones, and more than 2 million people in the UK are now receiving some form of healthcare through their phones or tablets.
“But what’s more, the NHS has made significant progress in its uptake of digital health and digital health technologies.”
We can expect this to continue as digitalisation transforms the healthcare delivery system and increases access to services,” he added.
The survey, which was conducted in January, was conducted by Ipsos MORI and conducted in English and Chinese.
It found that 77 per cent respondents said they have used health and care services in the past 12 months through a digital channel.
The proportion of people who said they would pay for health care through digital payment has increased to 77 per the survey in the last year.
The NHS also has the highest use of digital currencies in the world, as 74 per cent surveyed said they were using them in the previous 12 months.
In the past year, the UK has been on the road to becoming a digital healthcare hub, with more than 10,000 digital hospitals and clinics opening.