The term “digital health” refers to the integration of technology and healthcare. Computer technology has allowed medical professionals to create interconnected healthcare systems which allow patient management to become more simplified. Now instead of having to fax medical records to other medical offices and things like this, all the information can be found digitally through a secured medical database. Not only that, but it allows patients to have easier access to doctors who can manage their problems better and faster. Smart devices and applications have also allowed patients to manage their own health better as well. Smart watches, for example, let people track their heart rate while they’re performing any kind of movement. Some apps for smartwatches even let them send this information to their healthcare provider. Wearable technology for healthcare is likely going to be more common.
Over the next two decades, digital health is going to be greatly impacted because of the rising healthcare costs and financially strapped patients. It is going to force both governments and healthcare providers to use technology as a way of finding solutions to these problems. One way this is likely going to happen is by depending more on smartphone technology than ever before. Since smartphones have the ability to connect to ECG machines and blood pressure monitors through Bluetooth, this could make it easier for patients to transfer information about their health to medical offices. Plus, more healthcare providers are setting up websites where patients can have access to information about their medical history. This makes it easier for patients to manage their healthcare as much as it does for doctors.
You will also see more doctor and patient interactions that take place through a live digital stream rather than an in-person visit. Right now, there are already a few mobile phone apps that let you do that such as Doctor on Demand. For people without health insurance, it is a lot cheaper to talk to one of these doctors through video streaming than it would be to see them in-person. They also have the power to write a prescription for you and then fax it over to your local pharmacy so you can pick it up. In the future, this method of patient treatment is going to become a lot more common. In the United States, President Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Once that eventually happens and over 20 million people lose their health insurance, you will see a bigger increase in the use of digital health technology than you have ever seen before.