Digital health capabilities are increasingly becoming more integrated with core healthcare platforms and provider workflows, leading to major changes in the way healthcare is being delivered.
There have been several recent developments in the application of technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, and wearable devices that have been disruptive, have the potential to change the practice of medicine and transform population health management and precision medicine.
Innovations in areas such as mobile apps, the Internet of Things, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are being incorporated directly into healthcare applications.
As the digital health industry moves into the next wave of innovation, the following areas are those that many healthcare providers, payers, vendors, and digital health startups are targeting for development.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI capabilities will become increasingly accepted and used by healthcare professionals as a clinical decision support tool to identify potential risks, mitigate errors, recognize patterns, and improve disease diagnosis and treatment.
This technology framework has the potential to allow hospitals, doctors, and insurance companies to share data more securely, assuming the role of a trusted gatekeeper.
A substantial amount of funding has gone into the study of genes as researchers and providers pursue new disease treatment options and patients seek more tailored and personalized healthcare plans.
Internet of Things(IoT)
The use of data from portable devices and sensors has given providers more real-time information on patient health status and patients the ability to have tailor-made strategies to combat illnesses and to take a more proactive role in managing their health.
The major shift in this area is the evolution from standalone applications to ones that are more tightly integrated with legacy healthcare platforms and the clinicians who use them.
As technology becomes more affordable, remote treatment options continue to grow in popularity for both doctors and patients.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
The use of VR and AR technologies will expand in healthcare for medical education and training, surgical support, other types of decision support, and pain management.