Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Eurasia Health Informatics and Technologies Conference and Fair started in Antalya. Deputy Ministers of Health Şuayip Birinci and Assoc. Dr. Tolga Tolunay joined.
In his speech here, Deputy Minister First noted that digital hospital, e-Health, smart systems and technologies in health, artificial intelligence and advanced applications will be discussed at the congress. Stating that the success of digital transformation in health and the culture of managing with information and informatics has brought Turkey to a role model position, İlker emphasized that access to health and qualified service capacities in the last 20 years have reached a level that is higher than that of many countries that compete with the developed countries in the world. Indicating that Turkey had a public bed capacity of 107 thousand at the beginning of this century, Lider said that they built new hospitals with a bed capacity of more than 100 thousand in 15 years.
Explaining that the health facilities were almost completely renewed, İlker said:
“We increased our total number of beds by 48 percent and the number of intensive care beds more than 20 times. In fact, in the Kovid-19 period, we did not allow our people to be out of breath by putting into service more than the number of heavy care beds that many countries close to our scale had so far in the first 6-month period of the epidemic. In terms of maternal and infant mortality, one of the most valuable indicators of development in the world, we have succeeded in capturing the levels that countries of similar scale can achieve in 30 years, in less than 10 years. This understanding, which puts the patient in the center, stands before us as one of the most valuable indicators of how real we are, with the average life expectancy of our citizens being extended by 8 percent.”
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Emphasizing that the young population is decreasing and the elderly population is increasing in Turkey, İlker said, “When this picture is considered in terms of health profile, health economy and total job loss, it appears as a valuable economic burden. According to OECD data, Turkey’s population over the age of 65 is expected to increase from 9.7 percent in 2021 to 20.1 percent in 2050. The population over the age of 80 is expected to increase from 2.1 percent in 2019 to 5.4 percent in 2050. Considering that the world is getting older, it is obvious that there is a need for paradigm shifts and new perspectives in healthcare systems. ” he said.
Saying that technology will pave the way and facilitate the process in the solution of such problems in the world,İlker emphasized that digitalization for efficiency in health services, more investment in medical technology, IOT, portable health, chronic patient follow-up and the maturation of the connected ecosystem and the expectation of digital innovation based on simplification are the most admired topics in the world. .
Pointing out that access to health services is facilitated by the e-Nabız individual health system and is shown as an exemplary project in the world, Lider said:
“With the systems and applications developed by our engineers, Turkey has become one of the countries that shape the future of digital health in the world. I would like to state that we are one of the countries with the highest increase in the demand for electronic health information since 2010, according to OECD data, and that we are the first in Europe in terms of digitalization in health services compared to the population, according to the reports of the European Commission. In terms of its scope, Turkey is the country with the highest health digitalization index in the world. We are in a great power position in healthcare digitization. These rates show how fast our nation’s integration into digital transformation in health is.”
Indicating that Europe’s highest number of high-end digital hospitals is in Turkey, İlker said, “We are no longer digitizing city hospitals and hospitals in our country, on the contrary, we are building digital life centers. It should be the common goal of all of us to see that this digitalization breakthrough we have created in the field of health is getting stronger day by day, and to open the door to innovations so that both the service recipient and the service provider can benefit more from this process.” (Source: Ministry of Health) (BSHA-Science and Health News Agency)