2014 was a banner year for digital health for a host of reasons. Here are just a few of the most notable strides made last year:
According to digital health accelerator, Rock Health, digital health investment surpassed $4.1 billion—more than the total of the last three years combined.
Technology giants like Apple, Google, and Samsung entered the digital health game.
Widespread adoption saw telemedicine moved into the mainstream.
The FDA made its health data available for public access and use.
This year is expected to be even better in terms of innovations and developments in digital health. Building on Rock Health’s 2014 estimates, we’ve already witnessed more than $2 billion in digital health funding in 2015.
We’re sure to see advancements in those trends already making waves in the healthcare landscape—mobile apps, telehealth, wearables and so on, but there’s more.
“The growth in business cases for new models of healthcare delivery and integration of digital health technology is reaching the point of convergence — creating powerful synergies where there was once only data silos and skepticism,” wrote Ryan Beckland, CEO of Validic, a healthcare IT company in The Health Care Blog.
So where is digital healthcare headed? Which trends are shaping the industry’s future? Let’s explore some of them.
Smart Clinical Devices
Diagnostic tools and heath devices that are connectable and able to communicate data to other devices are becoming better and more cost-effective. We are beginning to see innovative new products like smartphone case devices that can quickly provide an ECG or a DIY blood test, and contact-free flash thermometers. These cutting edge products are likely to replace more traditional clinical devices because of their reasonable price points, reimbursement benefits, and the ability to collect real-time patient data, enhancing both treatment and patient outcomes.