Digital health offers real opportunities to improve medical outcomes and enhance efficiency. From mobile medical apps and software that support the clinical decisions doctors make every day to artificial intelligence and machine learning, digital technology has been driving a revolution in health care. Digital health tools have the vast potential to improve our ability to accurately diagnose and treat disease and to enhance the delivery of health care for the individual. Digital tools are giving providers a more holistic view of patient health through access to data and giving patients more control over their health.
Digital health tools could also help identify new illnesses or the worsening of existing ones. By enabling doctors to step in earlier during the course of a disease, digital health tools could help shorten the length of a disease, or help ease symptoms before they really take hold. Not only could digital health help improve quality of life, it could also reduce the total cost of a person’s healthcare over their lifetime, trimming bills for providers and patients alike. The industry’s aims are diverse and complicated: preventing disease, helping patients monitor and manage chronic conditions, lowering the cost of healthcare provision, and making medicine more tailored to individual needs.
Digital health is an exciting global market with endless growth possibilities over the next few years which is likely to see the blending of what might typically have been considered ‘consumer’ and ‘medical-grade’ digital health tech, driven by companies from both sides of the divide.
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