Philips say they commissioned the Future Health Index (FHI) report to globally gauge perceptions towards the accessibility and integration of health systems, and the adoption of connected healthcare. The intention is to annually monitor how perceptions of connected healthcare shift over time. This first edition of the FHI covers 13 countries: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
At the heart of the report is a new index that has been invented by Philips and its US commissioned researchers, Institute for the Future. The Future Health Index (FHI) is calculated by combining the quantitative survey responses from patients and healthcare professionals equally on questions about access to the healthcare system, their country’s current state of health integration and adoption of connected care technology and. The Index ranges from 0 to 100 points, and is the average of three sub-indices: access (across the health continuum); integration (of health system); and adoption (of connected care technology). Each of the three sub-indices range from 0 to 100 points, and each are weighted equally in the final FHI
score. The three sub-indices scores are based on a series of question groupings (or components) that draw from a distinct theme in the questionnaire.
The Institute for the Future is an independent, non-profit forecasting research group based in Palo Alto, California.
The trouble is, while I do believe it’s true that people don’t take enough responsibility for their health, it’s difficult when viable and correct health information is just not readily available for everyone. Shops and supermarkets are piled high with so called ‘health’ foods which are just laden with sugar for example. People are duped into believing that they are doing what is right for their health when they just aren’t. My aunt was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and told to eat more healthily. I’ve just discovered that she’s been drinking litres of fruit juice every day in an attempt to ‘be more healthy’ – so she has effectively been downing pure sugar. She wouldn’t even believe me when I told her she shouldn’t be doing this, because “fruit is healthy”. Makes me so mad!