Digital Healthcare Technology

Today, 40% of millennials in the US own a wearable device. In 2017 alone, the global digital health market accounted for a staggering $182.63 billion. As this expands, modern technologies become increasingly important in monitoring our health and giving us access to personal data for self-management. Advancements in the fields of digital health, i.e. ehealth, mobile health, telehealth, health information technology and telemedicine, have enabled remarkable improvements in health-care outcomes, with mobile health (or mHealth) having the most significant impact.

In fact, just last year, the World Health Organization stated that:

“Digital technologies, such as mobile wireless technologies, have the potential to revolutionize how populations interact with national health services. Digital health and specifically mHealth have been shown to improve the quality and coverage of care, increase access to health information, services and skills, as well as promote positive changes in health behaviors to prevent the onset of acute and chronic diseases.”

Given the aforementioned digital health trajectories, it is evident that a revolution in health-care is unfolding; thanks to Big Data, we can now preempt unfavorable health outcomes. Researchers, governments and private companies alike are pouring their efforts into the creation of new approaches by applying innovative technologies to pervasive health problems. Some recent examples of efforts in the realm of mHealth include:

A five year study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine that determines whether a personalized mHealth app can help users quit smoking

Similarly, new technologies and wearable devices are marking their importance in the realm of digital health. The unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 4 last September is an apt example of this, where the Series 4 features, such as the electrocardiogram sensor that enables users to track their heart rate or the improvements to the accelerometer and gyroscope so as to send alerts upon signs of immobility, were displayed. Earlier in the year, Fitbit also unveiled several new mobile health apps for its smartwatches, which offer: 

  1. the ability for users to access their oncology care management platform; 

  2. a chart of local outbreaks and illnesses based on the user’s location; and

  3. a display based on blood glucose data.

In addition to these milestones, there is an emergence of new platforms that have the ability to amalgamate disparate information from both wearable devices and public health databases, although they remain fragmented. This is where the Playpal Platform comes in; it uses AI and blockchain to consolidate and integrate data in order to provide personalized recommendations, helpful alerts, and predictive and preventative analysis of an individual’s health. Going forward, Playpal recognizes that interoperability, integration, correlation, standardization and normalization of health information are critical in helping people achieve healthier lifestyles and reducing health-care costs...