Digital Health is going to be huge in the next 5 years, and when I say huge, I mean huge. Not only has the ageing economy, technological developments and increasing health problems created a perfect catalyst for this space, we also live in an age that jumps on all things digital. Although it has had a slow uptake, especially in the UK, this could be down to our ever-complex NHS system - but in times of great need, innovation is normally born. This means that once the barrier is broken there will be a huge influx of businesses and technologies designed for this market.
What We Do Know.
- Wearable technology is growing and as more people become interested with their own personal data, monitoring it and then making it actionable will only support the growth of the digital health market.
- There are now so many applications for mobile, tablet and web that people are tracking everything they do. You can monitor all your medications, track and support weight loss and gain and book your appointments online, this is only going to be the start.
- Healthcare will become more affordable. In America the healthcare argument is currently dominating a lot of political talk and has done for many years. Some believe ObamaCare is a failure, whilst others think it’s great. With the growth of digital healthcare, people with have more options, more ways to track and monitor their own personal issues and it will give the less-advantaged who do not have the money an avenue to look after their health better.
- Earlier diagnosis will become easier with the influx of technology and continued growth in the digital space within healthcare. If more people are utilising wearable tech & mobile apps, they will be able to understand their bodies better, also, when a consultation is needed, they will be able to provide a lot more detail to support a quicker diagnosis
The current numbers show close to 60% of households using a form of digital health service. 72% of people looked up some form of advice online in the last year leading to 38% of people being influenced by their findings and this number is only likely to increase.
It’s not a question of how exactly digital health will make our current healthcare and wellness systems obsolete, it’s a matter of when!