Healthcare innovation consultancy Enspektos, LLC, today released the latest edition of its quarterly study, digihealth impact trac. The report focuses on key Q4 2017 market themes and previews five digital health trends that will matter in 2018.
The research reveals that telemedicine is having a far-reaching impact as adoption surges globally. Most importantly, telemedicine solutions are delivering economic benefits and re-shaping the patient-physician relationship, as clinicians learn what it means to have a good “Webside manner.”
The report also indicates that the global digital health market strengthened due to greater emphasis on improving interoperability and analytics capabilities, accelerating regional innovation diversity and other factors.
digihealth impact trac is designed to complement and expand upon quarterly reports produced by StartUp Health, Rock Health and other organizations focusing on U.S. and global digital health investment activity. It provides information about how digital technologies are being implemented and impacting care on a quarter-by-quarter basis.
Here are five themes highlighted in the January 2018 edition of digihealth impact trac to know.
1. Powerful Partnerships Are Helping to Accelerate Emerging Technology Research and Adoption: Organizations such as the Personal Connected Health Alliance are partnering with various health industry players to improve understanding, adoption and research into new tools such as digital therapeutics and patient-driven innovation.
2. Thinking Globally is No Longer Optional: As regional digital health innovation activity accelerates, industry players need to understand how solutions developed in countries such as China, India and Brazil are impacting care and what lessons can be applied locally.
3. Companies That Can Deliver Digital Solutions in Multiple Markets Are Attracting Investment Dollars: As digital health becomes increasingly global, investors are paying attention to companies that can successfully deliver solutions in areas such as genomics, patient engagement and data analytics across borders and regions.
4. Artificial Intelligence is Moving From Hype to Real-World Impact: Enspektos noted that AI and machine learning technologies are beginning to have a larger impact on the day-to-day diagnosis and management of diabetes, depression, cancer and aging.
5. In 2018, Blockchain, Regional and National Regulations and Maturing Empathetic Health Interfaces Will Matter: The report provides a preview of key digital health trends that will matter in 2018. For example, regarding blockchain, Enspektos outlines scenarios related why these solutions could either fail or have a positive impact on solving specific problems in global health.
The full January 2018 digihealth impact trac report appears below: