A variety of private sector opportunities have begun to emerge with the remaking of primary healthcare centers (PHCs). An EY report suggested the following areas for private sector involvement in PHC information and communication technology: • Improved referral systems between primary care and specialist or tertiary care providers • Development of advanced diagnostic capabilities for health screening • Specialist referrals through telehealth • Increased focus on providing multidisciplinary teams through the introduction of nurse practitioners into healthcare staff • Integration of innovative health care initiatives, such as accurate e-health, and telehealth which will deliver round-the- clock monitoring With a system that updates and connects record systems, patients will have more freedom to travel for services because of information that is readily available. Improvement of systems will encourage increased use of primary healthcare centers, freeing hospital capacity. Telehealth and mobile access to healthcare will improve availability of specific services for patients outside of major cities. According to industry experts, increased coordination of information could use improvement, and being able to turn disparate data into actionable themes will inform managers in the sector on ways to provide enhanced service. Globally, smartphones are increasingly used in healthcare prevention and treatment, with a global mobile health market valued at $10.5 billion (SR40 billion) in 2014, and a projected compound annual growth rate of 33.5 percent by 2020. Mobile-based devices like wearable fitness tracking and blood pressure and respiratory monitors are on the market. Opportunities exist in mobile health applications that will allow for greater monitoring and service delivery, especially in more remote regions. Notably, a large proportion of the Saudi population is young with this demographic rapidly growing. Approximately 30 percent of the population is 15 or younger in Saudi Arabia, and this group, which will of light-responsive and bio-responsible materials, regenerative medicine to promote the healing of the heart muscle following heart attacks. Since opening, the center has been granted 11 patents on products and commercialized the liposuction technique, NanoLipo. Partnerships in other areas of medicine would allow further knowledge transfer of global expertise and allow Saudis to become experts in a given specialty. Health IT and E-Health Globally, the medical industry has experienced a substantial role of electronic health innovations, including centralized repositories for patient data and electronic filing systems. The Saudi health IT market is estimated to be between $200 million (SR750 million) to $500 million (SR1.87 billion) in value, a decline since a 2014 estimation, yet is viewed as relatively open.
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