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Sensing The Pulse Of Digital Healthcare

Sensors for brainwaves and biometrics will go mainstream. Tech that cost $40K 5 years ago will be available to anyone who wants a BCI (brain-computer interface) kit at home for less that $100.

Health technologies have to transform their enterprise platforms to be “consumer-grade” digital solutions to survive. EMRs, provider sites and payer search tools will have to meet “iPhone” levels of usability.

Telehealth solutions will help emergency services correctly identify and route emergency and non-emergency patients during response situations – letting emergency departments focus on the most needy patients.

The rise of telemedicine will make physical medical practices obsolete, as general practitioners and psychiatrists move parts of their operations online, and expand access to healthcare in rural areas.

The primary change in Health Tech: Accessibility. Advanced mobile platform capabilities allow users to capture and manage their health all in one place – from comparing rx pharmacy costs to scheduling doctor visits.

Major healthcare OEMs including Philips and GE pushing into connected health data platform will help drive adoption of connected medical devices, rivaling earlier plays from Apple, Samsung, Validic and others.

For most healthy patients – the concept of a primary care physician is becoming a thing of the past. Our care is being distributed across a larger network of specialists, schools, care teams and technologies.

With the recent republican nomination, I anticipate a massive increase in demand for neurological and psychiatric therapies in the form of new drugs and devices.

Get ready for the Age of Healthcare Consumerism — expect more health technology products that empower patients and make the entire healthcare experience more pleasant and effective for everyone.

As medical providers move to “pay per performance” models, successful tech will focus on increasing a population’s access to health services and generating data-driven reports/analytics on patient health outcomes.

Health Tech is rapidly evolving at the speed of technology. People driven solutions, personal health care, disease prevention, and the ability to monitor and engage with patients will continue to revolutionize and democratize healthcare universally.

Cloud services are opening up large-scale biomedical data analytics to more RDH researchers. I’ve seen 50X increases in cost/performance. The result? Richer research faster and cheaper.

In the next 10 years fitness apps will no longer exist, instead apps will work on developing users’ long term health in order to prevent diseases and chronic pain. The MHealth industry will shift its focus from acute to preventative care.

The future of health tech will focus on personalisation and accessibility. Everyone will have something in the palm of their hands and it will be tailored to their individual needs.

Secondary diagnosis through machine learning. In situations where diagnosis is data heavy there’s a greater probability of humans misdiagnosing, machine learning will provide a quantitative second opinion.

You think of all the industries you can be tapped into on your smartphone, but you’ve got nothing from health. It will be mHealth where consumers will start to see the benefit.

In the UK, the NHS will soon be sharing the health information of millions with Google to try to improve care. The biggest changes coming will be data security, storage, portability and ownership.

Physician burnout will hit a critical peak this year. Healthcare organizations are increasingly seeking technology to produce balanced physician schedules, improve operations and reduce staff turnover.

Healthcare technology is approaching the tipping point where the cost benefit ratio will make monitoring medical devices a viable option to have in your home. This will lead to greater trend analysis and predictive analytics.

Connected technologies are changing the world of healthcare faster than imaginable, from connected devices to connected physicians and assistants. Be prepared for intense disruption of the status quo.

The primary change we see in Health Tech is how patients and doctors communicate with each other using telemedicine tools.

We’re going to see Virtual Reality completely revolutionise the Healthcare industry. From immersive exposure therapy to surgical training (which has an 80% retention rate) the possibilities will be endless.

I see an increase in the use of Virtual Reality and 3D Printing in healthcare. Both new technologies have found uses recently and people are finding more innovative ways to apply these technologies to healthcare.

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  1. Cloud computing, Big data and Machine Learning providing a very efficient way to deal with these health related big data and provides a better way to personalize the health care service.

    IBM’s watson is a game changer in this field. There are a lot of debate regarding future of health care services with Watson. Few people debates that it will completely replace the current medical practice and even fear that it might replace doctors as well where as, IBM believes that it will help doctors to provide better services.
    Providing personalized health care and helping the physician to identify rarest of rare disease certainly can improve the health care services.

  2. Very interesting read about Health Tech. I have a few additional points to add for potential gaps in the system.

    An estimate of 30% of all medical drugs sold in parts of Asia, Africa, and Latin America are counterfeit, claims World Health Organization (WHO). There is a great potential in the technology space to eradicate and/or control counterfeiting. Companies like PharmaSecure (http://www.pharmasecure.com/brand/) are tapping into this space trying to use technology (Mobile Apps, SMS, Web Portals) to help consumers identify counterfeit drugs, and help fight this serious issue that can not only affect revenue and reputation of the pharmaceuticals, but also take the lives of individuals who are ingesting these fake drugs.

    Another technology initiative in the medical space is to capture all medical records of a patient in a universal system. This link (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2779965/) highlights the needs for a need to keep a live and active record of a patient’s medical history that should be accessible anywhere, anytime to provide a patient with the best, safe and most secure care that he may need. A potential solution is a complete system that allows doctors to find, store and retrieve information almost instantly.

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