What Digital Health Care Will Be Like in the Near Future
In 2020, the total amount of funding for digital medicine was about $22 billion worldwide, twice as much as in 2019. The main areas of funding were data analytics, mobile health apps, and telehealth. So, digital health adoption is what 2020 is all about, but what will 2021 bring us? So, here’s what we’ve learned about digital health trends this year.
AI and Health Data Analytics
While data is critical, given the vast amounts of information stored on servers around the world, quality analytics is where the true potential lies. High-quality software that uses AI and machine learning algorithms to process and analyze data will help accelerate disease research and improve the effectiveness of treatment offerings. So, AI is a powerful tool for digital health transformation that remains an important trend in 2021.
Growing Numbers of Mental Health Apps
All of the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as isolation, reduced personal contact, distant work, and conflict within families, have led to an increase in the number of people presenting with anxiety and depressive symptoms. After an incredible boom in 2020, mental health and cognitive behavioral therapy applications continue to be a trend in 2021. According to research, teleconsultations for mental health are about on par with in-person visits to specialists in terms of effectiveness. So, in 2021, mental health apps will only continue to evolve, with their algorithms based on evidence and official research results.
Preventing Health with High-Tech Devices
Speaking of the positive effects of the pandemic, it has attracted people’s interest in health issues and disease prevention. Thanks to modern technology, regular medical check-ups have been digitized. The growing demand for wearable devices capable of collecting medical data has further boosted the digital health industry. This will enable doctors to have a complete view of each patient’s current health status remotely. Moreover, the further digitalization of the industry is great news for people with chronic diseases whose health and even life depends on effective monitoring of their current state.