Healthcare providers are by nature large, complex, risk-averse and process driven with highly conservative cultures. The urgent need for our healthcare systems to address rising levels of chronic disease and an ageing global population led many to believe that digital technology, which has positively transformed almost every other sector, would be rapidly adopted with transformational effects. It has become clear that change will take place gradually and that most providers are still exploring the potential of digital health through pilots that do not easily scale.
In contrast, wearable fitness trackers have rapidly grown to form a multi-billion pound market and are now familiar items to the general public (a third of internet-connected people across the globe were recently reported to be tracking their health and fitness) Whilst these gramophones of the consumer digital health world have their limitations, industry is doing what industry must do to survive; diversify and differentiate. The increasingly crowded fitness cum wellness market is awash with investment to create more effective devices with improved user experience. Such evolution is rapid and clear; this dynamic is leading to a next generation of affordable devices with clinical utility and higher levels of engagement.
D Health released a report in the summer detailing the emergence of an alternative, global healthcare system that is inherently digital, user-oriented, data-centric and separate from our existing systems. This phenomenon will impact every player in the healthcare market in the coming years. Join Salus Digital and the D Health team on October 7th at 2pm to explore the divergence of healthcare and the impact it will have on your own organisation.