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Where is Healthcare IT Heading This Year?

Where is Healthcare IT Heading This Year? | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) |
Poised to be watershed year for healthcare IT, 2015 is already bringing with it lofty projections for how everything from SMS to EHR systems will make
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From Google to New Reimbursement Models, Digital Health Trends for 2015

From Google to New Reimbursement Models, Digital Health Trends for 2015 | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) |

There is no question that 2014 was an exciting and eventful year for digital health. Even with all of the advancements and innovations in 2014, this year promises to be even better. 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.

Maybe we have not quite achieved this synergy yet, but the trends emerging in 2015 will move the industry much closer to the long-awaited initiatives in connected, value-based care.. To understand the convergence that is taking place in digital health, we need to examine the key emerging trends in technology, healthcare and business.


 Connecting to Smart Clinical Devices

Technology has advanced to the point that we are constantly hyper-connected to a variety of networks and devices. We have handheld diagnostic tools on our person continuously generating an astounding amount of data.

The types of health devices that are connectable and disseminating data are rapidly changing. Tools are emerging like flash thermometers that do not require physical touch, which diminish contamination risks, and smart EpiPen casings that automatically alert medical professionals during an allergic reaction.

These devices are not only becoming less expensive, but they are also starting to be reimbursable by insurers. Thus, over time these devices will replace traditional, non-connected products. Clinical devices are increasingly designed as Bluetooth-enabled, allowing for the real time collection of patient data, and providing better access and outcomes for patients.


 Wiser Wearables

Wearables will continue to enter the market, but their features and focus will go well beyond fitness. Even the devices entering the market now are more sophisticated than ever before. Some are now equipped with tools like muscle activity tracking, EGG, breath monitoring, and UV light measurement.

It will be fascinating to watch how consumer electronics, wearables, and clinical devices continue to take new forms. Some particularly interesting examples will be in the categories of digital tattoos, implantable devices, and smart lenses. As the adoption of wearables continues to grow, we will see more value placed on accessing digital health data by healthcare organizations. This will be especially important as health organizations move to value-based models of care. The need to gain access to the actionable data on such devices will only grow as innovation creates more complex technologies in the market.

Incentivized Consumer Adoption & Data Sharing

As these new devices enter the market, consumer adoption will continue to flourish. Right now, nearly 70 percent of U.S adults track their health or the health of a loved one in some way. And, more than half of US consumers have used some sort of fitness technology in the last year. It is projected that 112 million wearable devices will be shipped by 2018, with most of that activity taking place in 2016. This means a huge ramp up for device sales and adoption in 2015.

The adoption of wearable devices has grown exponentially. The trend started with health enthusiasts, such as runners tracking steps, location, and heart rate. Today, there is widespread adoption by all types of consumers. People are even being incentivized to use wearables by outside groups, such as insurance companies, healthcare providers, and employers.

Nine out of 10 employees want their company to provide a wearable device for incentivized tracking, and more than half of those individuals believe fitness trackers will help them be more active. As a result, insurance companies are starting to undertake proactive approaches to the adoption of mobile. For example, Oscar Health Insurance recently partnered with Misfit to provide financial incentives for fitness activities logged with an activity tracker.

This year, new innovations in both clinical and consumer devices will generate different and relevant types of health data. These mobile health technologies are already crossing from the consumer sphere into the clinical sphere. Hospitals are using patient-generated data to monitor patients post-discharge and reduce the risk of re-admittance. Health systems are devising new ways to monitor and manage their populations through engagement portals and analytics programs

Access to new types of actionable and applicable health data is making a substantial impact across all segments of healthcare. Pharmaceutical companies and clinical research organizations are using data to more accurately monitor clinical trials and conduct research studies. Employers and payers are using data to develop more engaging incentives around physical activity and healthy lifestyles. The list goes on, and so does the potential.

 Telehealth  Extending the Point of Care

This is the year the promise of telehealth will be realized. It is projected that by 2018, 65 percent of interactions with health organizations will take place via mobile devices. Those statistics speak to the need of satisfying the growing demands being placed on providers, along with the growing discernment among patients when it comes to selecting affordable and convenient medical services. The continued adoption of telehealth will extend the point of care for providers and provide ubiquitous access to medical professionals for patients.

A number of entities are already putting this into practice: Walgreens, in partnership with MDLIVE, recently expanded their mobile platform to offer virtual doctors visits for acutely-ill patients; Google is testing a HIPAA-compliant medicine platform for video chats with doctors; and, digital urgent care solutions like Doctors on Demand are growing in popularity due to their convenience and low cost.


Via Technical Dr. Inc., Sébastien Letélié
EmmanuelGrunenberger's curator insight, March 18, 2015 6:05 AM

 More Wearable Wiser devices and more Data Sharing: #DigitalHealth Trends for 2015. As an example 70% of US adults are using #Healthcare #ConnectedDevice.

Carly Pechal's curator insight, September 25, 2015 10:07 AM

When sifting through content relevant to emerging technologies, I was suprised to find the purpose of it constantly correlated with that of health care. Based on the forms of technology created that is in relation to healthcare purposes does make sense due to the digital society we live in, if it is in education, home-life, why not in healthcare as well. These digital platforms created allow for patients to be closer to their medical information and doctors. I have heard of different doctors allowing for visits to take place via phone/video conferencing so when reading in this article about the projected use climbing to 65% in 2018 of this use was not surprising. Looking at business taking this same concept in terms of business meetings, instead of traveling across the country, they invest in a program that allows for this to take place versus multiple meal plans, hotels, flights, ect. I can see this being a large part of our future, and I am interested to see how testing and examinations will take place in this setting with different forms of emerging technologies. 

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Infographic: SXSW Health Tech Trends - HIT Consultant

Infographic: SXSW Health Tech Trends - HIT Consultant | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) |
Phillips illustrates how data, connectivity and innovation are changing the healthcare landscape, as well as the key health tech trends throughout this year
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Connected fitness trackers to double by 2019

Connected fitness trackers to double by 2019 | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) |
Global revenue of connected fitness trackers will rise from last year's more than $2 billion to $5.4 billion by 2019, according to a new study, "Digitally Fit: Products and Services for Connected Consumers," conducted by research firm Parks Associates.
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Global mHealth Market to Reach $42.12B by 2020 - mHealthIntelligence

Global mHealth Market to Reach $42.12B by 2020 - mHealthIntelligence | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) |
According to a new forecast, the global mobile health landscape is set to increase by a CAGR of 47.6 percent.
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5 Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

5 Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014 | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) |

If 2013 was the year of wearables and health apps, what’s on tap for 2014?


Here are five exciting health tech trends to keep an eye on for the new year.


1. Data in the Doctor’s OfficeAccording to Pew Research, 21% of Americans already use some form of technology to track their health data, and as the market for wearable devices and health apps grows, so too will the mountain of data about our behaviors and vitals. Next year, we may see more of this data incorporated into our day-to-day medical care.

2. Smart Clothes

If a wristband or clip-on tracker isn’t part of your look, there’s hope for you in 2014, because a new wave of wearable smart garments will be hitting the stores next year. In fact, market research company Markets and Markets expects sales of smart clothes and fabrics to reach $2.03 billion by 2018.


3. Augmented NutritionOf course, if you want to fit into the latest smart fashion, you might need to keep better tabs on what you’re eating. We’ve already seen popular apps such as Fooducate make things easy by letting you scan the barcodes on packaged foods to gather nutrition data. In 2014, we’ll see new technologies that take even more of the guesswork out of counting calories. 4. Virtual House Calls

Virtual house calls also just got a big boost with the recent launch of Google Helpouts, a new marketplace for getting personalized help over live video chat. Although it’s still early days for the new service, you can already browse the Google Helpouts Health marketplace for medical advice, mental health issues, nutrition counseling, weight loss and more. You can even get wellness advice for your pets.


5. Health Rewards

If looking and feeling good isn’t enough of a payoff, how about getting paid for getting healthy?


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