The field of digital health has potential to improve healthcare services to a large extent, but until recently, it was not a big priority for investors, but Coronavirus pandemic provided a new opportunity to reconsider way we think about health care.
Here are some of most important ehealth trends that we expect to dominate world in 2021, according to “Next Web” website:
1. Expanding telemedicine
Telemedicine has increased dramatically during pandemic. This practice has shown that remote consulting is not only possible, but also easy and often preferred. Some experts say this is only beginning, and telemedicine will soon grow in volume.
“It is about a wider range of care and groups of new patients. We will see this trend spread to our doctors outside first line of primary care clinics to include specialist care,” said Nassim Farokhnieh, Swedish chief physician for ehealth, at latest GermanSwedish “HealthTech” event. Or healthcare professionals such as nurses, midwives, nutritionists, and psychologists. “
Aside from remote consultations, experts say we are already seeing an increase in use of medical devices at home, such as remote monitoring of cancer patients through increased use of sensors.
2. Virtual reality in healthcare market
The global market for virtual reality for digital health is expected to grow to $ 2.4 billion by 2026, given its ability to eliminate need for certain medications or surgeries. Virtual reality technology is currently being used to treat chronic pain, anxiety, and PTSD.
3. National digital health portals and big data that comes with m
Countries around world are working on more comprehensive and easytoaccess electronic health records. In Sweden, all citizens and residents possess a personal identification number, known as a Swedish PIN, that is used for all health care documents. Researchers who have access to se digital health portals can enjoy a treasure trove of data.
During height of epidemic, Sweden created an intensive care registry to collect data on coronavirus cases that end up in Swedish intensive care units.
4. The power of artificial intelligence and digital health
Artificial intelligence will play a large role in digital transformation of healthcare. In fact, AI healthcare market is expected to exceed $ 34 billion by 2025.
Right now, most patients have probably interacted or heard about some form of artificial intelligence, such as PARO robotic stamp for dementia patients, or conversation robots that provide treatment services. But future of AI lies in precision medicine, genomics, drug discovery and medical imaging.
Additionally, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies are using machine learning algorithms in order to shorten drug development cycle. And recently, researchers in United States developed a smart tool that accurately recognizes and diagnoses cases of Coronavirus, even in patients who do not have symptoms.
Overall, value of global AI in healthcare diagnostic market was approximately $ 3.7 billion in 2019, and it is projected to reach nearly $ 67 billion by 2027.
5. Crossborder collaboration for digital health
The epidemic has shown that countries face similar healthcare challenges, not only in relation to Coronavirus, but also in terms of providing quality and effective care to people in need, such as demographic changes and an increase in number of people with chronic diseases.
Germany and Sweden are known for hosting digital health centers with excellent results. For example, Center for Digital Health in Nuremberg Erlangen has fertile ground for new innovations on market, with more than 500 medical technology companies, SMEs, 65 hospitals and 80 research institutions.