A wide, multidisciplinary notion called “digital health” or “digital healthcare” comprises ideas from the point where technology and healthcare converge. Software, technology, and services are all part of digital health, which applies digital transformation to the healthcare industry. Digital health encompasses telehealth and telemedicine, wearable technology, electronic health records (EHRs), electronic medical records (EMRs), mobile health (mHealth) apps, and personalised medicine.

What exactly is digital health in the modern sense?

It’s not a novel idea to use information and communications technology to offer digital health interventions that reduce the risk of illness and enhance quality of life. However, digital health platforms, healthcare systems, and related technology continue to gain significance and develop in response to widespread issues such as ageing, child illness and mortality, epidemics and pandemics, high costs, and the effects of poverty and racial discrimination on access to healthcare.

The U.S. Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other government health insurance schemes have ushered in fresh innovations in digital health. Despite initial technological difficulties, one of ACA’s goals was to use technology to raise the standard of healthcare. This includes, for instance, raising the standard of EHRs and using computer modelling to monitor healthcare costs. Healthcare informatics is the application of technology and data to enhance patient health and treatment quality. This makes it possible for medical practitioners to evaluate new initiatives, search for opportunities for sector improvement, and incorporate cutting-edge technology into practise.

What makes digital health crucial?

Deloitte Insights claims that the promise of more consumer-focused, preventive care depends on more than simply technologies and solutions; it also emphasises the importance of “radically interoperable data, artificial intelligence (AI), and open, secure platforms.”

AI, big data, robots, and machine learning developments continue to significantly alter the digital healthcare industry. Additionally, changes in the environment of digital healthcare maintain advancements in ingestible sensors, robotic caregivers, and tools and apps for remote patient monitoring.

Apparently from Deloitte: “Major scientific advances made possible by AI will hasten the development of new treatments and disease-fighting vaccinations. Digital treatments powered by AI and individualised advice will enable users to stop health problems before they start. Diagnoses and treatment options will be influenced by AI-generated insights, resulting in safer and more efficient therapies. Additionally, intelligent manufacturing and supply chain solutions will guarantee that the appropriate interventions and therapies are given at the precise time the patient requires them.”

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Sub-tracks of Digital Healthcare

  1. Remote sensing and wearables
  2. Telemedicine and health information
  3. Data analytics and intelligence, predictive modeling
  4. Health and wellness behavior modification tools
  5. Bioinformatics tools (-omics)
  6. Medical social media
  7. Digitized health record platforms
  8. Patient -physician-patient portals
  9. DIY diagnostics, compliance, and treatments
  10. Decision support systems
  11. Imaging
  12. Social Media
  13. Telemedicine
  14. Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Business Intelligence
  15. Personalized and Precision Medicine
  16. Wearables
  17. Mobile Health Platforms
  18. Electronic Medical Records
  19. Health Information Exchange and Interoperability

Digital health technology examples

Time savings, increased accuracy and efficiency, and the blending of technologies in novel ways for the healthcare industry are all goals of digital health advances. These developments have the potential to combine medicine and the internet of things, mHealth and IoT, medicine and augmented reality (AR), and blockchain with electronic medical records.

The combination of medical tools and software linking to networking-based health IT platforms is known as the internet of medical things (IoMT). IoT use cases include telemedicine to enhance patient-doctor contact, reducing the risk of exposure to contagious diseases, and a variety of smart sensor technologies that can gather data at the user level. For instance, COVID-19 increased the demand for telehealth services by encouraging more physicians to use technology to give patients with virtual services.

Healthcare and big data

Healthcare big data has become more prevalent as a result of the digitization of health data. Value-based care’s emergence also helps to the growth of big data in healthcare by encouraging the sector to use data analytics to make wise business decisions.

Healthgrades, a website that aids users in finding qualified medical professionals, facilities, and care: “Big data in healthcare refers to the gathering, examination, and use of consumer, patient, physical, and clinical data that is too large or complex to be understood by conventional data processing techniques. Instead, data scientists and machine learning techniques are frequently used to process huge data.”

Big data in healthcare can offer the following advantages:

Minimizing pharmaceutical mistakes. Software that examines patient information can identify discrepancies between a patient’s health and prescriptions and alert patients and healthcare providers to possible medication errors.

supporting preventive healthcare. Emergency departments see a lot of repeat patients, also known as frequent fliers. Big data analysis can be used to locate this kind of patient and create preventative strategies to protect them from reoccurring.

more precise staffing Hospitals and clinics should better staff their schedules by using predictive analysis to estimate admission rates.

Benefits of Digital health
While assisting people in monitoring and managing chronic illnesses, digital health has the potential to prevent disease and save healthcare expenditures. Additionally, it can modify medications for certain patients.

The development of digital health can be advantageous to healthcare practitioners as well. Digital tools provide individuals more control over their health and greatly increased access to health data, giving healthcare practitioners a comprehensive perspective of patient health. As a result, productivity is raised and patient outcomes are enhanced.

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