5 On-going Digital Health Trends

 In Corporate wellness, Digital health, Wearables, Wellmo

The future in digital health trends is an exciting one as the industry accelerates towards a digital evolution that challenges to revolutionize healthcare and wellness.

Here are the top 5 digital trends you can expect to see in 2016 and beyond:

  1.    Dancing with regulations

There are so many exciting new health apps and treatment algorithms promising to help people track their progress and manage their conditions. However, regardless of how many people are downloading an app, using it, measuring their progress, and showing all the physical signs of their condition improving and how the data meets the criteria of a controlled medical study. Therefore, the digital health app cannot legally make any marketing claims on its “proven” medical benefits.  And only when they achieve aproved and regulated status, the registration of the health claims can then be promoted.

Fortunately, the regulation bodies have now made available interactive tools that will take out the guess work that app developers go through when determining if their app delivers a viable health benefit or could present a potential risk to its patient. But remember, if your app has a stated or even implied medical or health benefit, you are still required to file a pre-market application and seek an official regulatory clearance.

  1.    Prevention as a profit center

To lower costs and boost profits, healthcare payers are urged to create and implement prevention programs for their members so they can move beyond risk management.

  1.    On-the-go medical-grade biometric monitoring

After being medically graded approved, these sophisticated wearable sensors and devices will allow for 24/7 monitoring and data gathering that is medically accurate which can be shared with healthcare providers.

Smartphones will serve as the connection hub to capture data and store it in the cloud to provide analysis and feedback to it end users.

  1.    Your own personal and portable health coach

Your fitness wearable could have collected all your personal data for days, even weeks, but without an interpretation of what all that data means, there is very little you can do with it.

To help consumers make better health decisions, artificial intelligence will play a role in providing personalized information in real-time. This will help people make better medical choices or seek professional care. Vitals will be monitored and when combined with AI (Artificial Intelligence), can put an emphasis on prevention.

  1.    Improved outcomes based on big data

Over the years, there has been a remarkable amount of data collected on drug and therapeutic outcomes. All this data can better of use to inform us which interventions are more suitable and most effective.

The goal in 2016 and beyond is that personalized prevention programs and cures will become a reality. Biometric data delivered in real-time from numerous devices will find its way into the dataset. To make sense of all this data, expect there to be competition to find top-class data scientists, analysts, and clinicians who can create predictive health data models.

As 2016 comes to a close, we are certain to see these digital health trends improve themselves in the coming year as competition in the healthcare technology sector continues to gain momentum.

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