Trends to Watch: Digital Health in 2017

A NEW YEAR MEANS new innovation – and a new budget for investing in it.

We’ve reviewed digital health studies and projections for the coming year, to forecast what this year’s patient engagement solutions will need to offer to make the cut.

With that, we found three digital health trends to consider in 2017:

1. Low Cost, High Return

This year’s innovations will not only require a careful analysis of the overall cost of delivery, but also an implementation plan leading to a high return under the new payment models. Value-based payment is no longer optional – outdated systems have costly consequences.

2. No-Nonsense Interoperability

MedCityNews reports healthcare professionals “don’t want to have to stitch together a group of disparate, narrow products from separate vendors.” In 2017, broad, seamless solutions will win over clinicians and healthcare delivery systems.

3. Consumer Use of Digital Health Products

Remote monitoring technology has skyrocketed since 2015, when only 19 percent of consumers reported using products and services ranging from wearables to telemedicine. A 2016 survey found that 56 percent of consumers reported using at least three digital health products, and 2017 is projected to continue showing growth.

Successful health tech will take many forms in 2017, but the real winners will be cost-effective for hospitals, seamlessly integrated into clinicians’ workflow, and simple for patients to use.

Take care.