Digital healthcare can give to people the opportunity provided with ‘smart care’ in a homely environment, so that they can live an independent lifestyle. Caregivers can be provided with adequate resources and tools to be able to manage care services effectively and efficiently, people can be monitored in the comfort of their own home. Digital health encompasses many sub-sectors includes, mobile-health, telehealth, health information technology and telemedicine, main goal, to make the digital health revolution a reality. Global healthcare sector is at the intersection of ever-rising costs and introducing innovations in disruptive digital innovations, digital health innovations.
Disciplines in Digital Health
- Mobile Health (m-Health): It is a general term for the practice of medicine and care delivery which is supported by the use of mobile phones and other wireless technology. With increased access to mobile technology m-Health offers the potential to promote better health and help people to achieve a healthier lifestyle. It can be helpful to reduce costs by improving efficiencies in the health and care systems. Mobile-Health can be applied on the streams of education, diagnostic support, helplines as well as remote monitoring and data collection
- Health Information Technology (HIT): It is applied to health and health care settings. As the health information management is computerised data will be secured in the process of exchange health information between patients and medical experts
- Telehealth: It is a broad spectrum of technologies and systems around the remote exchange of data between a patient and their clinician and approaches can assist in diagnosis and monitoring based upon the typically used support patients with long term conditions
- Telemedicine: It is a term for offering remote care using telecommunication and information technologies. It can help to overcome distance obstacles and accessible to medical services that may not be routinely available to remote communities
- Personalised Medicine: It is an emerging practice of medicine that moves us away from the one-size-fits-all approach. It also brings closer to a more precise for the powerful approach to healthcare which is customised to the individual needs
Everyday technologies like cell phones, smartphones, sensors, cloud storage systems, and data analytics are playing a critical role in digital health today. The use of digital health will help in early disease prediction that will lead to behavioural changes that prevent and eliminate system costs. Patients will be able to compare quality and prices based on value, which will improve productivity. Timelier identification of diseases will enhance treatment and can reduce waste. In 2018, the global digital health market was at $179.6 billion, according to Transparency Market Research (TMR). Growth in this market is anticipated to rise at a CAGR of 13.4% between 2019 and 2025, reaching $536.6 billion by the end of 2025.