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Digital Health – Transformation of Healthcare

January, 2019

Digital Health is the merging of digital and genomic revolution with healthcare, society, and living to enhance the medical treatment with precise diagnosis for preventive and personalized treatment. It involves the use of communication and information technologies to track individual’s well-being and provide necessary indicators to monitor various medical conditions such as heart rate, blood pressure etc. Over the years there has been significant shift and rise in popularity of digital health – where companies are focusing more towards providing solution to consumers demand. The introduction of digital technology has taken the market to a different level and with the influx of various health applications a new branch ‘mobile health’ has enabled customers to keep a track of their health even without the need to see a general physician.

Digital health has its own benefits and is used to care individuals with long-term conditions. The development of technology and integration of IT has helped both the patients and physicians to monitor the medical condition. The use of remote monitoring devices has helped them to track their health individually and get treatment under proper care teams (physicians). These technologies can empower the patient by enabling them to gain better understanding about their medical condition and provide definite care treatment under medical professionals. There are several benefits of digital health such as reducing appointments, easy to use of and quick access, access to patient reading at any time, increase workload capacity, regular monitoring, and enable patients to understand their medical condition.

Smart Wearables - Have become the revolution in digital health and the era of smartphones have made technology an essential need for daily life tasks. The ease of carrying smartphones as a powerful communication device has allowed many players in the market to expand their technology in different form of consumer benefits. Wearables such as smart watches, virtual devices, and activity trackers have much wider adoption of wearable technology. The growing health awareness and active participation by customer has provided wide range of wearable devices that have capability of monitoring real-time patient data continuously. Patients with chronic diseases like heart rate, blood pressure, sleep apnea etc. medical wearables collected data has helped physicians to monitor and diagnose to improve the lives of customer, also this data can be used for predictive analytics. Ultimately the data is used to reduce the risk of chronic ailments and help patients to improve their lifestyle to get preventive approach with early detection of adverse health conditions.

– Mohammed Azhar,
Senior Research Analyst,
Infoholic Research