Saudi Journal of Oral Sciences

: 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79--80

Health sector transformation program 2030 in Saudi Arabia and implications in dentistry

Cristalle Soman 
 Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Dr. Cristalle Soman
Department of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dentistry, Riyadh Elm University, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia

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The Saudi Vision 2030 is all set to undergo rapid reforms in all sectors of health care. The Health Sector Transformation Program was recently launched in late 2021–2022 under the Kingdom's Vision 2030. This transformation aims to ensure continued growth and development of health-care services in the Kingdom and to emphasize focus on this vital sector.

The program was developed during the tremendous achievement of the National Transformation Program that promoted the health sector with well-equipped health services with enhanced quality, efficiency, as well as levels of protection against health risk challenges.[1] The proposed program will work on empowering comprehensive revolution in the sector to achieve an effective and integrated system, built on the health of the individual and the society. The principle of value-based care will improve health services to raise the satisfaction of health service recipients. By boosting public health, prevention of diseases, and improved access to health services through comprehensive and optimal coverage, inequitable geographical distribution will be of prime importance in addition to enhancing the provision of e-health services.[1]

The Vision Realization Office at the Ministry of Health is allotted the task of ensuring the effective implementation, monitoring, and appraisal of health-care transformation initiatives. This model of care defines a comprehensive care system for health needs and implements it by enabling the support from six key factors, namely private sector participation, e-health, manpower, health-care financing, corporatization, and governance.[2],[3] These enablers have implications for dentistry.

The development of e-health care or eHealth, is an important aspect that has an impact on dentistry as in health-care services and as a profession. The concept of eHealth will be cost-effective, secure use of information and communication technologies which includes health-care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge, and research.[1],[2] It provides support by augmenting the decision-making process with digital information and knowledge capabilities that do not exist in the Kingdom today.[1] The concept of eHealth in dentistry will help people take more personal control over, and responsibility for, their lifestyle and health. Critical dental health-care selections can be made based on diagnostic and clinical information at hand with real-time access to accurate information. Such eHealth programs adopted in dentistry can establish tens of thousands of job opportunities, as well as a significant number of health informatics startups by entrepreneurs. Investing in dental eHealth not only provides benefits to the health system but also the wider national economy.

Finally, the concept of population health management which has been introduced includes more chronic conditions and diseases management by the use of a single point of contact and coordination and by “predictive modeling” across multiple clinical conditions, with the introduction of the third dimension in population health care focused on people with a common symptom.[1] For instance in dentistry, oral cancer care, geriatric dental care is a common characteristic where this concept can be adopted. The proposed health-care program reforms will certainly change the face of health-care services in the Kingdom with the help of digital transformation very soon.


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3Chowdhury S, Mok D, Leenen L. Transformation of health care and the new model of care in Saudi Arabia: Kingdom's Vision 2030. J Med Life 2021;14:347-54.