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In their words: Chris Edwards & Digital health: why now?

Written by on December 2, 2015 in Digital Health, Wellness with 0 Comments

imagesIt’s a big idea. It’s a big promise. It’s a game changer.

How does an industry that traditionally moves slowly, now move fast? How does an industry that has not been ‘consumer centric’ now put the patient at the middle? How does an industry that formerly focused solely on ‘episodic care’ now focus on the long-term wellbeing of its consumer?

The healthcare landscape is changing quickly. And, digital health is happening now.

More and more healthcare devices and apps – including fitness trackers, connected scales, smart watches, blood pressure monitors and glucose devices – are flooding to the market.

More consumers are monitoring their health than ever before. Seven out of 10 people track their health or fitness in some way.

More caregivers – doctors, nurses, home health providers and family members – are monitoring health data to better manage and coordinate care.

And, technology – the epicentre of this health revolution – has never been as sophisticated and advanced. Technology is helping to solve the problems plaguing the healthcare system; as a result, more healthcare organizations are adopting and integrating technology than ever before.

Digital Health.

It’s helping. It’s happening. It’s accelerating.

Validic recently conducted a global Digital Health Progress Survey to gauge the implementation of strategic digital health initiatives across healthcare organizations. There are many companies just beginning to think about digital health strategically, and what it means for their organization. And, there are many good examples of companies that are already successfully accelerating their businesses objectives utilizing digital health.

These organizations are using digital health to better coordinate care across their communities, improve their patient engagement strategies, enhance their remote patient monitoring initiatives, leverage for ‘speed to market’ product advantages, and more efficiently manage their patient populations. These are the organizations reducing costs and improving outcomes on an individual and population level.

Healthcare today is technology-powered and moving quickly. Organizations can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines and risk getting left behind. For any organization, it is not too late to start thinking about and implementing digital health.

To learn more about the results from this global survey and read the insights from companies successfully implementing digital health, download the free whitepaper here.

 

Chris Edwards is Chief Marketing Officer at Validic, the industry’s leading digital health platform. He will be presenting at next April’s Digital Health Show conference. The Digital Health Show also includes an expo. To register for the conference, click here. To register for the FREE expo, click here. The Digital Health Show will be co-located with the Wellness Show and Happiness & Its Causes 2016.

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