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July 29, 2016

The World Has Gone Digital …. But What About Healthcare?

The ever changing digital world is certainly moving faster than ever before, we are now in a truly connected era. The world is digital, everything around us has a digital element associate with human interactions and if it hasn’t yet it will have very soon.

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I am writing this post with two things in mind ; firstly helping you to reflect on your relationship with the digital world and secondly to share some insights about digital health and healthcare, the industry that I love and operate in.

Did you know that 76% of UK adults have a smart phone? ( Source Delloite ).

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This disruptive industry continues to evolve and is moving so fast that adoption is a challenge to be considered before entering the market or creating new digital health solutions.

Now I am noticing three incredible trends emerging in healthcare innovation :
The first trend is genomics and DNA sequence. This is nothing new, the genomics research industry is very well established, however technology is giving it a new dimension.

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The second trend is Data and Digital, I am pretty sure that this is not a new revelation to anyone in healthcare. The challenge is how to implement the digital health solutions in order to meet the requirements of the health specific problems, complying with existent systems and create new innovative solutions.

Big Data analytics is an exciting area, many claim to be advanced in their offering. Although the reality suggests to us that this is a new path, where using data intelligence may take some time to truly fulfil its potential.

The last and third trend is Software and Hardware. Such an exciting time for both hardware and software companies and developers. New wearables technologies are arriving every day, new platforms, new services and aggregate propositions. However healthcare always present additional challenges about marketplace, business models, regulations and market fit (specificity of the product ).

That leads me to ask, Shall your focus be in building both components, hardware and software ?
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Author : João Bocas – Digital Health Influencer & Thought Leader

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