A new Covid Response Report (CRR), produced by Oxford Business Group (OBG) in partnership with the digital health platform Altibbi, explores the rapid development and uptake of medical and health technology across four MENA markets in 2020 while considering the major part that further innovation will play in driving economic recovery in the region.
The CRR provides an in-depth analysis of how Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE responded to the pandemic in an easy-to-navigate and accessible format, focusing on key data and infographics relating to the technological advances in the healthcare system of each country against the broader socio-economic landscape.
The report tracks the investment made by all four countries in health care provision in recent years which, while varying in terms of funds allocated and inflows, bolstered their efforts to contain the virus when it arrived and care for patients.
It looks, in particular, at the broad range of tech-led medical and health services introduced by each market, which proved crucial in the pandemic by making alternative, remote solutions available and reducing the overall pressure on traditional systems.
Key examples included e-health and telemedicine options, which were key in delivering vital public health information and facilitating remote consultations, thereby helping to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Subscribers will also find coverage of the medical and health technology industry’s potential for growth in areas such as medical record digitalization, which is expected to gain momentum in line with demand for integrated healthcare systems, telemedicine, and automation.
The report explores Altibbi’s growth story, tracking its expansion and the steps it took to continue operating throughout the pandemic when demand for services – both established and new – rose sharply. It also looks in detail at the firm’s collaborative projects with the governments of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, which enabled them to continue delivering their healthcare provision through telehealth consultations and Covid-19 information hotlines, alongside other services, in a challenging environment.
Jalil Allabadi, Founder and CEO, Altibbi, said: “Approximately 400 million people in the Arab world are still without access to essential medical services, while the proportion of the MENA population aged over 65 is rising. At the same time, an estimated 70% of doctor visits are considered to be unnecessary,” he said. “Technological tools in various forms, ranging from telemedicine to apps, will play a critical part in meeting the demand for health information and medical care, at a time when governments are keeping a close eye on their budgets.”
The CRR on the MENA region forms part of a series of tailored reports which the global research and advisory company is currently producing with its partners, alongside other highly relevant, go-to research tools, including a range of country-specific Covid-19 Economic Impact Assessment articles and interviews.
The CRR is now available to view and download here.