Trends in Digital Health and why you should care

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Published on May 29, 2014

Author: mweber37



Driven by demographic change, rising costs in the healthcare system and growing customer demands for patient-centered tools, the relevance of innovative Digital Health solutions is constantly growing. While many technologies are available on the market, there is still a lack of comprehensive solutions that support the patient across all his medical conditions and provide an integrated user experience throughout the patient's everyday life. Future Digital Health solutions will not only have to cross-link patient data across different devices and applications in order to enable better medical decisions, but also to create user experiences that address the patients' needs and help them to establish self-sustaining behaviors towards a healthier lifestyle.

Trends in Digital Health and why you should care Michael Weber, May 2014

We are all getting older

2012 2050 2 billion people will be aged 60 or more by 2050 22 % of world population 10 % of world population 650 million 2 billion

Over the same period the number of people aged 80 or more will quadruple to million

And we are getting sicker

Over 860 million individuals worldwide are suffering from chronic diseases.

Individuals with diabetes worldwide (in millions)

Chronic diseases are representing of all annual deaths.

“For some countries, it is no exaggeration to describe the situation as an impending disaster; a disaster for health, for society, and most of all for national economies” - WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan

of health-care costs are related to chronic diseases

The annual economic impact on the U.S. economy of the most common chronic diseases is calculated to be more than ...


Many chronic diseases are lifestyle-related Deaths per year: 6,0 million 2,8 million 3,2 million 2,5 million Main risk factors: Tobacco use Unhealthy diet Physical inactivity Harmful use of alcohol

Today‘s health care systems cannot solve these problems

But can technology?

Digital Health is the convergence of the digital and genetics revolutions with health and healthcare. - Paul Sonnier

© Vancive Medical Technologies

Empower individuals and patients to better manage their conditions and life healthier lives.

Allow relatives and professional care givers to more accurately monitor and coach chronic disease patients and elderly individuals living independently

Lead the way toward a more personalized, precise and cost-efficient medical care

Quantified Self for nerds only?

23 © Nicholas Felton

Sensors are everywhere  Detect Earthquakes  Machine monitoring  Aircraft navigation  Auto-rotate displays  Game input  Activity Tracking  Sleep Analysis

Avoiding training injuries

Walking the Walk Nike+ FuelBand

Heart rate, stress level and breathing at the tip of your fingers © Azumio

The Dash In-ear Computing

Wireless in ear headphone Waterproof Music player (1000 songs) Fitness tracking (steps, cadence, pace, rotation, g-force, turns) Body sensors (heart rate, heart rate variability, oxygen saturation, energy spent, body temperature) Distance Kickstarter funded $3,390,551

Putting diabetes patients back in control

Cellnovo diabetes management system

Proteus Chip-in-a-pill Improving the efficiency of existing pharmaceutical treatments

Low adherence is one of the biggest challenges in healthcare today Source: Andree Bates, „Ensuring Profitable Patient Adherence Programs“, Eularis, March 2010

CE mark 2010 FDA clearance 2012

Taking care of loved ones Helius Caregiver solution

Tailoring treatment to each person individually Digital Medicines Body Sensors Personal Genomics + +

Universality Interoperability Commercial availability Global reach Joy of Use Data Privacy What does it take?

Government Pharma companies Insurance companies Medical service providers Technology companies Start-ups Who will win this race?

From prorietary platforms to connected ecosystems

iWatch Healthbook (iOS8) NikeFuel software Nike+ platform

And who will you trust with your health data?

Michael Weber Email: Digital Consultant Working at the intersection of business, design and technology to create innovation and change.

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