On October 20th 2015, Philips released their report into the health of the United Kingdom.
Like most developed nations, the UK is faced with an ageing population; 1 in 6 is aged over 65, which is set to rise to 1 in 4 by 2050. At the same time, there is a rise in chronic and lifestyle-related diseases. Against this backdrop, prevention has a major role to play in ensuring people stay healthy for as long as possible. The Hippocratic Oath states, “prevent diseases whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure”. Indeed, this model is critical to reducing unnecessary burdens on the NHS, and the Picture of Health Report highlights the benefits of empowering people to monitor and manage their own health through technology.
Download the full report here.