Digital health can be defined as “the convergence of digital and genomics revolutions with health, living, healthcare and society.” The digital health “movement,” as it is often referred to, allows individuals to track their health more easily and be empowered to have better health outcomes. As the digital health revolution continues to grow and expand, new data and research will cue us as to what is and is not working, and certain patterns will solidify while others will continue to evolve.
Here are some of the trends which we think will be most promising for digital health moving forward:
There’s increasing recognition of the importance of having multiple data streams from sources, such as patient wearables and EMR’s,to tell the patient’s full story. We will see an increase in data integration from multiple platforms and the ability to make data actionable so that it will directly change behaviors and influence health patterns.
Increasingly, we are seeing platforms that combine artificial intelligence with data monitoring from wearable technologies and self-tracking devices. These systems can filter information using algorithms and allow people to make more informed health decisions.
As we move towards a more consumer-driven healthcare system, user design becomes more important. The end user of a platform should feel at ease when moving through any specific technology. A fantastic user experience better enables patients to learn, be more effective and achieve better health outcomes. By the same token, great user experience can help healthcare providers deliver better, efficient and more effective care.
Wearables and sensors
There is promise in the use of sensors and wearable to monitor, adapt, diagnose and gamify and improve health. Individuals will be able to collect physiologic patterns, images, locations and sounds and store this information in platforms and networks that will make the information relevant to daily life.
Keeping the seniors in mind
As our population ages and more people are actively living with multiple chronic health conditions, we will need to enable this segment of our society to really be active in their health. This means that healthcare design catered to this group will need to consider hearing and visual abilities, motor function, cognition, device use and more.