Digital technologies are altering the very fabric of the traditional healthcare delivery model. Consumers are actively embracing digital tools to take charge of their health. Social media and mobile platforms are becoming increasingly important channels not only for consumers but also for Healthcare institutions. Such developments are driving leading device vendors into the digital health market.
Healthcare focussed devices and interfaces launched by Samsung and Apple will be instrumental in propelling the global healthcare accessory hardware market to $3 billion by 2019, according to a new report from leading hi-tech analyst house Juniper Research.
- Healthcare companies investing in major digital healthcare players such as Epocrates and AirStrip;
- Advanced EHR (Electronic Health Records) becoming the ‘glue’ to create wider digital health ecosystems; and,
- Regulatory authorities embracing the role of digital health and imposing less stringent regulatory obligations on digital health companies.
It found that despite a more positive outlook for the digital health industry’s future, widespread, well-documented trials are still needed to galvanise take-up of remote patient monitoring projects. Furthermore questions remain over how digital healthcare projects will be reimbursed.
The whitepaper, ‘Taking the Pulse of Digital Health‘ is available to download from the Juniper Research website together with further details of the full report and the attendant Digital Health Excel.
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