Digital Health Is Turning The UK Into A Nation of Impatient Patients

Digital Health Is Turning The UK Into A Nation of Impatient Patients

It’s reported that one in four people in the UK would rather self-diagnose an illness than make time for a doctor’s appointment

Due to the growth of technology and shift to digital, people have chosen to self-diagnose their symptoms online because of the unavailability of a fast doctor’s appointment and the time lost or inconvenience of missing work. You know how it goes; don’t google your symptoms or you’ll find the most dramatic diagnosis for your relatively innocent symptoms. However, with the continued preference of self-diagnosis and growth of more accurate telehealth and mobile technologies, more capable self-diagnosis will continue to grow and prosper.

The global digital health market is currently valued at just over £20bn and is forecast to near enough double by 2018. The UK market for digital health is roughly £2bn and expected to grow by up to another billion over the next two-year period. Currently, digital health systems account for the largest share of the digital health market. However, mHealth (mobile health) is set to become one of the biggest drivers contributing to the 100% increase in the digital health market by 2018.

The impact of more accurate self-diagnosis and health monitoring on NHS waiting times, drop in appointments for small ailments and cost savings involved are ground-breaking. Digital Health is probably one of the most beneficial time and cost saving initiatives outside of direct healthcare or NHS proposals to date.

Some handy examples of everyday health tech for you includes:

  1. Wearable (and fashionable) blood pressure monitoring watch by Japanese tech company Omron
  1. La Roche-Posay’s stretchable skin sensor ‘My UV Patch’
My UV Patch

It provides real-time tracking of UV radiation in the prevention of skin cancer.

  1. Doctor On Demand

This app streams live video doctor visits including assessment, diagnosis and prescriptions through your phone and the comfort of your own home.

What piece of digital technology or health app are you most excited about and why? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Rakesh Mistry, Digital Health Specialist at Projectus Consulting


Rakesh Mistry

Healthcare IT Recruitment Consultant

I work with healthcare providers, solutions firms and vendors seeking talented Health IT professionals or qualified IT experts with demonstrated experience in the healthcare industry. Specialities IT Management, IT Managers, Project Managers, CIO, CTO, IT Security, EHR Technicians, Meditech Clinical Analyst, PACS Analyst, Clinical Data Abstractor, Data Scientists, Nursing Informatics Manager, Interface Analyst/Developer, Epic Ambulatory Application Analyst, EPIC Cache Database Administrator, HIM Informaticist, Health Informatics, Salesforce Administrator, Salesforce Developer, Senior Sales Engineer, Software Quality Assurance Engineer, SQL Server Database Administrator, Technical Analyst, Technical Consultant, Business Intelligence , Business Intelligence Architect, Business Intelligence Developer, Application Developers, Web Developers, Database Developers , PeopleSoft Analysts, SAP Specialists, QA Testers, Quality Assurance , Business Analyst, Data Analytics, Data Analyst, UX/UI Developers, PHP Developers, .Net Developers, Java Developers, SQL Developers , Oracle Developers, Mobile Applications Developer, iOS Developers, Android Developers, Network Administrators, Systems Administrators Network Engineers, Systems Engineers, Technical Support , Desktop Support, Help Desk (Level, 1,2,3), PC Technician

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