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As medicine advances ever more people live longer.
But, aging often creates an increased need for help and supervision, which not only challenges the elderly citizens themselves but also their relatives, caregivers and society.
In the last few years, venture capitalists have tripled their investments into healthcare IT (eHealth) reaching this year $955 million of total investment (ref. MoneyTree Report, PricewaterhouseCoopers, National Venture Capital Association)
In addition, the federal government plans on investing up to $29 billion to encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to digitize medical/health care records.
Most reported side effects of different medications and drug-drug interactions derive from clinical studies of the pharmaceutical industry and through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that are on the is tracking all drugs that are on the pharmaceutical market.
The next generation Internet, the Internet of Things (IoT), will be a dynamic network infrastructure with self-configuring abilities.
Both, physical and virtual “things”, will have an identity and physical characteristics as well as virtual personalities that are seamlessly integrated into the (information technology) IT networks.
Healthcare, such as eHealth, mHealth, telemedicine and assisted living, is one of the big targets of the IoT.
The goals of the IoT in healthcare include to better cope with the ever more increasing number of chronically ill people and complex diseases, for early prevention strategies and an older growing population (by 2040, the population over 80 years will be doubled). Continue reading “The Internet of Things IV – Healthcare Promises of the Technological Era” »
Mobile Health (mHealth) is a hot topic. Currently, there are more than 40,000 mHealth apps available for smartphones and tablets. It is projected that the mHealth market will reach revenues of $392 million in 2015 (by Frost & Sullivan).
Anyone who is looking to monitor weight and fitness, blood sugar levels, mental well-being etc. doesn’t have to search long for an smartphone app. However, finding a mHealth app of real worth is a completely different question. Currently, the mHealth market is mostly unregulated.
Experts expect digital health to significantly grow throughout the year 2013 and soon allow better managing disease and wellness.
1. Innovative hardware and software
The advance of smart phones, tablets and other devices will trigger the development of innovative applications in a wide variety of areas such as medical decision support, health communications and advice tools etc.
2. Cost-saving technology
Health care costs are exploding, thus, innovative cost-effective solutions are necessary. Technology can help to save costs by providing health care solutions that lead care in directions with better efficiencies and possibilities for self-care and increased wellness. Continue reading “How Will Digital Health Develop in 2013?” »