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digihealth impact trac Q1 2018: Vital Trends and Patient Voices


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digihealth impact trac reports are designed to improve understanding of how organizations, startups, government agencies, universities and others are testing, developing and commercializing digital solutions globally, in ways that go beyond investment reports released quarterly by various organizations.

Key trends highlighted in this report include blockchain, digital mental health, digital therapeutics and artificial intelligence.
New to this report series is 'Patient Voices', a mini-research effort focused on providing a much-needed patient perspective on the human impact of the digital health revolution.

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digihealth impact trac Q1 2018: Vital Trends and Patient Voices

  1. 1. A Quarterly Review of the Global Digital Health Market’s Overall Strength and Impact Developed by Fard Johnmar, Futurist, Strategist and Researcher A Digital Health Maven Project Publication
  2. 2. Contents 2 About the Author || Page 3 Why digihealth impact trac? || Page 4 Data Sources & Methodology || Page 6 Digital Health Strength Index || Pages 7 - 8 Overview: Key Q1 2018 Trends || Page 9 Ecosystem Analysis: Scope || Pages 10 - 11 Ecosystem Analysis: Patient Voices || Pages 12 - 15 Ecosystem Analysis: Momentum || Page 16 Ecosystem Analysis: Investments || Page 17 Ecosystem Analysis: Connections || Page 18 Update: High-Impact 2018 Trends || Pages 19 - 22 About Enspektos and Savvy Coop || Page 24 Additional Notes || Page 25 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018
  3. 3. About the Author Fard Johnmar is founder and president of the noted innovation consultancy Enspektos. Fard is a nearly 20-year global health industry veteran and has spent about 13 in the digital health arena. He has advised executives, entrepreneurs, medical professionals and others focused on developing groundbreaking digital health tools, technologies, products and services at startups and large organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Sanofi, the CDC and the Canadian government. In addition to speaking regularly about digital innovation trends to audiences globally, Fard and his work have been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, NPR and Forbes. He is also a fellow at the Columbia University-affiliated HITLAB. Fard is the co-author of the #1 global bestseller, ePatient 2015: 15 Surprising Trends Changing Healthcare, which explores the impact of digital technologies on health and well-being. He also holds a U.S. patent for a unique analytics engine that measures the impact of digital content exposure on health behavior change. Learn more about Fard at Fard Johnmar Futurist | Strategist Researcher | Inventor 3 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018
  4. 4. Why digihealth impact trac? In Q3 2017, Enspektos released the first edition of digihealth impact trac, a quarterly report series designed to improve understanding of how organizations, startups, government agencies, universities and others are testing, developing and commercializing digital solutions globally. This research compliments and expands upon quarterly reports produced by StartUp Health, Rock Health and other organizations focusing on U.S. and global digital health investment activity. digihealth impact trac reports address key issues about how the digital health landscape is evolving, including: •  Where people are focused from an implementation perspective: This can include technology adoption, how care management is being reshaped by digital innovations and more. •  How digital technologies are impacting health, well-being, workflows and other factors: How are digital solutions being deployed? Who is benefiting? This report series provides answers. This installment of digihealth impact trac features a new addition to the report series: Patient Voices. Too often, the patient perspective is missing from conversations and research about digital health. With the help of Savvy Cooperative, which connects patients with opportunities to share their experience with innovators, we present qualitative and quantitative data featuring patient perspectives on key trends highlighted in this report. How can you benefit from digihealth impact trac? We hope the data and insights presented in this report provide you with a more nuanced and holistic perspective on the true shape, scope and impact of digital solutions on global health. There is much to be learned from understanding how digital innovations are being diffused globally, the differences between what organizations are focusing on and the platforms that are receiving funding, and how patients feel about the technologies being deployed to transform care. If you have any questions or comments about this research please contact us. 4 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018
  5. 5. How to Download This Report This digihealth impact trac quarterly report is not available for download on SlideShare. Access the PDF of this publication via the Digital Health Maven Project’s Website. In addition to downloading this valuable resource, you’ll have access to numerous free innovation tools, including courses, Webinars and videos. You’ll also be notified when new quarterly digihealth impact trac reports are released. Click the button below to get started. Click Here to Download This Report 5 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018
  6. 6. DataSources&Methodology This report combines data from Enspektos’ DigiHealth Informer platform, which features the world’s largest source of real-time market intelligence on emerging technology trends, investments and more, with patient insights provided by Savvy Cooperative. 6 DigiHealth Informer Savvy Cooperative Data in this report was sourced from the Digihealth Informer real-time database. This is an intelligence and productivity platform with more than 4.7 million data points (collected since January 2015) focusing on the global digital and emerging technology market, including: •  Market Events: Product releases, mergers, acquisitions, pilots and other data on digital and emerging technology implementation •  Investment Activity: Funding events, investors and more •  Partnerships, Pilots and Collaborations: Extensive contextual data on how digital technologies are being implemented in health and medicine From March 26 – April 20, 2018, Savvy Cooperative conducted an online survey of 238 digitally-savvy patients. Patient respondents were asked to provide their perspective on three key accelerating trends identified via DigiHealth Informer: •  Digital Therapeutics: The use of mobile, sensors and other technologies to manage care and even, potentially, replace prescription medications •  Artificial Intelligence: The deployment of machine learning and other advanced technologies to aid caregiving, diagnose disease and more •  Digital mental health: How mobile and other platforms are helping people find and receive care for depression and other conditions 6 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018
  7. 7. TheGlobalDigitalHealthMarket ContinuedtoStrengtheninQ12018 77 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 Infrastructure Focus Methodology and Definitions: For this analysis (except for the financial strength metric), searches of the DigiHealth Informer database were conducted for the following keywords during the Q1 2018 and Q1 2017 time frames: • Infrastructure Focus: References to data interoperability and analytics (Keywords: digital health interoperability; digital health analytics) • Regional Diversity: Number of countries referenced as engaging in digital health innovation (Keyword: digital health) • Health Outcomes Research Emphasis: References to outcomes research (clinical and non-clinical) activities (Keywords: digital health outcomes) • Financial Strength: Global digital health funding levels (as measured by StartUp Health) Higher Lower No Change Interoperability, Analy7cs References (vs. Q1 2017) Regional Diversity Higher Lower No Change Country-Specific Innova7on References (vs. Q1 2017) Health Outcomes Emphasis Higher Lower No Change Health Outcomes Research References (vs. Q1 2017) Stronger Weaker No Change Total Global Investment Volume (vs. Q1 2017) Financial Strength Global Digital Health Strength Level - Q1 2018 vs. Q1 2017: Stronger Source: Enspektos, LLC
  8. 8. WhyDidtheGlobalDigitalHealth MarketContinuetoStrengthen? 8 The Global Digital Health Strength Index: Q1 2018 Traditionally, the strength of the digital health market has been measured by the level of investment dollars flowing into startups and other firms. While financial strength is a valuable metric, it can provide an incomplete picture of overall market potential. Other factors, specifically whether there is a focus on measuring digital health-related outcomes, improving data infrastructure and global innovation diffusion, also have a significant impact on whether digital technologies are (and will be) successful. To improve understanding of digital health’s impact and scope we created the Global Digital Health Strength Index (displayed on the previous page) in Q3 2017. The premise of the Index is that what people write about/reference online reflects what they are doing. Using DigiHealth Informer, we can automatically analyze millions of social media posts, news articles and other content to determine how often specific concepts and topics are discussed and more. Based on this analysis, compared to Q1 2018: •  Infrastructure: Global emphasis on ensuring digital solutions are well-connected and integrated from a data perspective to aid deeper analysis of population health data sets and other topics continues to accelerate •  Regional Diversity: Digital health’s global diffusion continues, with increasing activity in the Global South, including Africa •  Health Outcomes Emphasis: With pay-for-performance and population health outcomes key areas of focus globally it is not surprising that digital solutions are being measured more rigorously •  Financial Strength: While StartUp Health reported more deals in its Q1 2018 report (link), investment volume was $2.8 billion, matching the Q1 2017 total. 8 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018
  9. 9. Overview:KeyQ12018DigitalHealthTrends 9 What were the major digital health trends and themes that drove interest and attention during Q1 2018? As illustrated in the graphic below, during this period, the Asia- Pacific region’s importance in the digital health ecosystem grew, machine-aided diagnosis became more accurate and impactful, digital therapeutics rose in prominence and efforts accelerated to develop end-to-end digital solutions focused on managing multiple conditions. 797,295 +13% from Q4 2017 *Note: Between 70-80 percent of DigiHealth Informer data is focused on health and medical innovation. Non-health data on mobile, virtual reality, blockchain and other sectors is also tracked to monitor their evolution and potential impact on health. Source: Enspektos, LLC 9 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 The number of digital and emerging technology-related social posts, news headlines and full-text articles collected via DigiHealth Informer during Q1 2018.* Asia-Pacific's Growing Importance in Digital Health Technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality and voice interfaces are being deployed across the region — and investors are taking notice. Machine-Aided Diagnosis is Growing The use of artificial intelligence, wearables and sensors to detect illness is accelerating, especially in therapeutic categories like diabetes. The Rise of End-to- End Digital Services Partnerships between health organizations and digital health companies aim to create comprehensive rather than point digital health solutions to tackle disease. Digital Therapeutics Have Their Moment The testing and use of digital therapeutics, such as sensor-embedded pills and mobile applications, that can compliment or replace prescription drugs, is becoming more common. Scope Momentum Connections Momentum
  10. 10. What was the breadth of innovation focus (diseases, technology areas, etc.)? Scope Technology Major Themes and Market Events Related to Technology Area (Automated Content Analysis Conducted Using DigiHealth Informer) Mobile/Mobile Health •  Convergence: Combining mobile with other innova2ons (such as chatbots) to improve the clinical workflow. •  Scaling: Mobile health is scaling in developing countries. For example, Mozambique is rolling out a mobile health solu2on na2onally to improve community health delivery in underserved areas (it is one of the first low- income countries to bring mobile health to na2onal scale). ArEficial Intelligence/ Machine Learning •  AI Making Leaps and Bounds in the Area of Diagnosis: From helping to triage pa2ents, to detec2ng poten2ally deadly heart condi2ons, AI-aided diagnosis is growing in strength. Telemedicine •  Telemedicine’s Growing IntegraEon into Health: Telemedicine-focused health organiza2ons are helping to drive adop2on of technology in the developed and developing worlds; e.g., remote medical consulta2ons are becoming more commonplace in Afghanistan and throughout Africa. •  AnEcipaEng 5G: Increasing interest and specula2on about the impact of 5G on telemedicine’s speed, adop2on and impact. Digital TherapeuEcs (Breakout Trend) •  Quest to Clarify and Define Digital TherapeuEcs: People are asking: What are they and how should they be defined? •  A Pharma R&D Model for Digital TherapeuEcs?: Novar2s and Pear Therapeu2cs partner to develop products for MS and schizophrenia. Electronic Health Records •  Workflow Problems and Physician DissaEsfacEon Persists: Research suggests EHRs are contribu2ng to physician burnout in the United States. Some studies es2mate that physicians are spending 49% of their workday on EHRs versus 1/3 on pa2ent care. Top Referenced Technologies: Q1 2018 (As Measured via DigiHealth Informer) Below are insights about the most discussed and referenced technologies in the digital health online literature during Q1 2018 along with major themes associated with each. To perform this analysis, DigiHealth Informer was used to identify the top innovations (and themes related to them) referenced in full-text, news and social digital content collected from January 1 – March 31, 2018. Source: Enspektos, LLC Ecosystem Analysis 10 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018
  11. 11. What was the breadth of innovation focus (diseases, technology areas, etc.)? Scope Disease/CondiEon and Top Technologies Associated With Each Key Areas of InnovaEon Focus in TherapeuEc Category (Automated Content Analysis Conducted via DigiHealth Informer) Diabetes Top Technologies: Mobile, Digital Therapeu2cs*, AI, Wearables Key Focus Areas in Digital Diabetes Health: Expanding the reach and impact of wellness programs using digital technologies, integra2on of AI into management solu2ons and more. Cancer Top Technologies: AI/Machine Learning, Mobile, Virtual Reality* Key Focus Areas in Cancer Digital Health: How cancer-related pain can be alleviated using virtual reality, con2nued focus on AI-aided precision oncology by health provider organiza2ons. Aging Top Technologies: Telemedicine, AI, Digital Therapeu2cs*, Blockchain* Key Focus Areas in Aging Digital Health: The use of blockchain is evolving across health and holds interes2ng implica2ons for aging. For example, Insilico Medicine, a U.S.-based company, is working on AI and blockchain technologies to power aging research. Depression Top Technologies: AI, Electronic Health Records, Adherence Tech, Smartphones Key Focus Areas in Depression Digital Health: How pills with sensors are being used to track adherence with depression. The rise of AI-powered chatbots that are aiding care. Obesity * Top Technologies: Mobile, Telehealth, Sensors Key Focus Areas in the Obesity Digital Health Arena: How public health organiza2ons and payers are relying on a combina2on of technologies in a bid to test and accelerate the use of digital in obesity preven2on. Top Referenced Diseases/Conditions: Q1 2018 (As Measured via DigiHealth Informer) Below is a listing of the most discussed and referenced diseases in the digital health online literature during Q1 2018 and key areas of innovation focus related to each therapeutic category. Note: Diseases and innovations highlighted in orange rose in prominence between Q4 2017 and Q1 2018, as measured via DigiHealth Informer. To perform this analysis, we conducted a search of full text articles in the DigiHealth Informer database, using the keyword “digital health” (and top diseases/conditions), collected between January 1 – March 31, 2018. Ecosystem Analysis Source: Enspektos, LLC*These technologies/innovations/diseases rose in prominence between Q4 2017 and Q1 2018. 11 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018
  12. 12. Introducing digihealth impact trac Patient Voices For this edition of digihealth impact trac, we partnered with Savvy Cooperative, a patient-owned co-op that connects companies with the patient voice, to provide additional context on key trends that gained prominence during Q1 2018, as measured via DigiHealth Informer. Savvy Cooperative conducted an online survey of its diverse patient community to gather data focusing on how patients are reacting to certain digital innovations. Savvy recruited 238 digitally informed patients to participate in this research. We’ll feature Savvy’s data in this and future digihealth impact trac reports to provide a much-needed patient perspective on the human impact of the digital health revolution. In the Q1 2018 installment of digihealth impact trac ‘Patient Voices,’ we share patients’ perspectives on: •  Digital therapeutics •  Digital mental health •  The rise of artificial intelligence in healthcare Quantitative (survey data) and individual patient responses to questions about how they feel about these digital innovations appears on the following pages. Ecosystem Analysis 12 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 Patient Voices Patient Voices
  13. 13. How Do Patients Feel About Digital Therapeutics? Ecosystem Analysis 13 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 Patient Voices What Patients Are Saying Fear of Big Brother: “Apps [are] a good idea but I would not want to be swallowing a digital device! I wouldn’t want an unnecessary foreign object in my body and it feels like Big Brother.” Concerns About Whether Data Will Be Used for Profit: “Again, patients' loss of control of data, the selling of their data without their knowledge for profit.” Will the Human Touch Be Diminished?: “Feels like a substitute for human interaction, which I think makes healthcare less effective.” Mixed Feelings About Digital Therapeutics The majority of patient respondents either have negative or neutral perceptions of digital therapeutics, including those that contain sensors designed to track adherence with medication. !α#α$α% 32.5%: Positive 32.1%: Negative 19%: Neutral 16.5%: 'I Don't Know' Question: Increasingly, companies are creating digital pills that contain devices that can be used to track whether you are taking medication as prescribed and mobile applications that can be used in combination with or even replace prescription drugs. How do you feel about the potential of using a mobile application in place of prescription drugs for some conditions like diabetes or taking a pill that can track whether you take your medication? Data Source: Savvy Cooperative, Patient Survey Conducted March 26 - April 20, 2018, N: 238
  14. 14. How Do Patients Feel About Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare? Ecosystem Analysis 14 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 Patient Voices What Patients Are Saying Enthusiastic About AI’s Potential in Disease Management: “As someone who battles Crohn's Disease, my flares always blindside me. I'm all for utilizing technology to alert my care team and myself if my health appears to be getting off-track. It's key to be proactive and would be super helpful to nip issues in the bud.” An Aid, Rather Than a Barrier, to Self-Care: “I've used my [artificial intelligence-powered] Amazon Echo and a Fitbit for over a year now. Both devices are so helpful in reminding me to take meds, go to my appointments, or get up to move/walk, among other things. Other than the invasion of privacy as it listens, it is a good thing.” Bullish About Artificial Intelligence As artificial intelligence plays a greater role in healthcare, patients are expressing optimism about how this technology is being used for diagnosis and treatment. !α#α$α$ 59.1%: Positive 25.7%: Neutral 7.6%: Negative 7.6%: 'I Don't Know' Question: Artificial intelligence technologies are becoming increasingly important in many areas of healthcare. For example, AI can be used to diagnose heart disease using data from your Fitbit, create virtual assistants to help parents and loved ones with their care and more. How do you feel about the use of AI to monitor your health, determine if you'll get sick in the future, detect disease and more? Data Source: Savvy Cooperative, Patient Survey Conducted March 26 - April 20, 2018, N: 238
  15. 15. How Do Patients Feel About Digital Mental Health Solutions? Ecosystem Analysis 15 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 Patient Voices What Patients Are Saying Digital Helps With Caregiving: “It's useful for triage, and for helping someone learn how to self-manage in ways that circumvent going all the way into a depression flare, or a bi-polar exacerbation.” Digital Solutions Are of “Ultimate Importance”: “I feel that online tracking and support of my moods and symptoms is of ultimate importance to me, my family, and my healthcare providers. It provides a much more exclusive picture into my psyche, and it also allows me to seek and receive support from those who suffer similarly.” Digital is Playing a Powerful Role in Mental Health Treatment As discussed in this report, digital solutions are being developed and deployed globally to aid in the management of depression and other mental health conditions. Nearly half of patient respondents have either used these tools personally or have family members who have. Note: 78% of respondents either live with a mental health condition or have a family member who does. !α#α$ 51.7%: No 38.1%: Yes 10.2%: Yes, a family member has Question: Over the last six months have you, or a family member, used a technology like mobile apps, the Internet or another digital solution to manage your mental health, such as to receive counseling, engage in relaxation techniques, manage medications and more? Data Source: Savvy Cooperative, Patient Survey Conducted March 26 - April 20, 2018, N: 238
  16. 16. Global digital health innovation — and reversals — continued during Q1 2018. Momentum The map at the left shows the top referenced countries in articles focusing on digital health collected by DigiHealth Informer in Q1 2018. As in previous research periods, global innovation activity continued to accelerate across Europe, Africa and Asia. Below are some of the themes that attracted discussion and attention during Q1 2018 in key global health markets. Top Referenced Geographic Locations in Articles Related to Digital Health: Q1 2018 Country Key Country-Related Digital Health Events: Q1 2018 United Kingdom •  NHS launching various ini2a2ves to test the efficacy of digital health solu2ons on workflow, efficiency and health outcomes. Australia •  Australia’s Na2onal Digital Health Strategy con2nues to evolve as the digital health startup ecosystem in the country grows. India •  There is currently a big push for ar2ficial intelligence in Indian healthcare, with some observers believing it could be transforma2onal. Finland •  As Nokia pulls back on its digital health ambi2ons, startups are stepping in to fill the void. Source: Enspektos, LLC Ecosystem Analysis 16 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 Source: DigiHealth Informer Platform, Enspektos, LLC
  17. 17. Where were investors focusing their resources and how did funding activity evolve? $ Investments Q1 2018 funding activity reflects the growing diversification of digital health companies, areas of focus and approaches. In addition, some startups are launching “initial coin offerings” a process of raising funds by selling custom crypto assets to either private investors or the general public. Below are sample digital health investments that illustrate some of the diverse companies receiving funding and an example of ICO activity during Q1 2018. Company Amount Company Focus Type of Funding CareDox $16 M Children’s Health Tradi2onal AtomWise $45 M AI-Enabled Drug Discovery Tradi2onal Quantum Medical Transport $60 M Secure Health Data Exchange ICO healthi $3.1 M Preven2ve Health Tradi2onal Funding activity accessed via search of social posts/news headlines added to the DigiHealth Informer database between January 1 – March 31, 2018. Keywords: Raise, Funding, Series A Source: Enspektos, LLC Ecosystem Analysis 17 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018
  18. 18. 18 Where were health organizations, startups, technology firms and others forging partnerships and collaborations? Connections Sample Merger, Acquisition and Partnership Activity: Q1 2018 (Identified Using DigiHealth Informer) A key area of focus during Q1 2018 was merger and acquisition activity signaling that health and non-health industry players are seeking digital health talent to bolster their capabilities. Sample M&A and partnership activity appears below. Source: Enspektos, LLC Ecosystem Analysis 18 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 In February 2018, Roche acquired Flatiron Health to accelerate its cancer- focused personalized health strategy. Flatiron helps organizations “develop new approaches for how real-world evidence can be used in decision-making related to clinical trials and other areas.” In January 2018, Amazon, JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway announced a potentially disruptive partnership where they will form their own company to provide healthcare services to their employees. The partnership is sure to feature the robust use of data and analytics given Amazon’s expertise in this area.
  19. 19. What’s the latest on the trends we said would matter in 2018? Momentum Source: Enspektos, LLC Update: 2018 Trends That Matter In the Q4 2017 digihealth impact trac report, we identified five trends that would matter in 2018 based on an analysis of the nearly 2 million data points added to the DigiHealth Informer database in 2017. These five trends are referenced below. We provide an update on the impact of three of these trends in this report (empathetic interfaces, blockchain and mobile). Advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Voice and related technologies accelerate the development of technologies that are more responsive, empathetic and human-like, which benefits elder care, mental health and other areas. Empathetic Health Interfaces Mature Policies and Regulations Drive & Threaten Innovation While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pushes to speed digital health innovation, uncertainty persists re: the impact of net neutrality's repeal and the EU's General Data Protection Regulations. Mobile has become the default technology embedded into tools focused on patient engagement, compliance, clinical trials and other areas. Efforts to improve the vetting and review of mobile applications further drive mobile's central role in health. Mobile Health = Healthcare = With hospital executives, payers and others considering or deploying blockchain solutions, innovators recognize this technology has great potential in healthcare. Blockchain use cases diversify into anti- counterfeiting, health data marketplaces and other areas. Blockchain Health Ecosystem Diversifies The rise of passive biometric and digital tracking technologies, improved data analysis tools and related innovations transform patient-generated data into a high-value resource.Patient-Generated Data Comes of Age Review: Key Digital Health Trends to Watch in 2018 19 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018
  20. 20. 20 Empathetic interfaces, blockchain and mobile: What is some of the latest on these key trends? Update: 2018 Trends That Matter Empathetic Health Interfaces Mature 20 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 Chatbots: Average Number of References to Chatbots and Health in the in Online Emerging Technology Literature, Q1 2018 Chatbots: Key Innovation Areas Frequently Associated With Health-Related Chatbots in the Emerging Technology Literature, Q1 2018 Source: DigiHealth Informer Platform, Enspektos, LLC Chatbots, a form of virtual assistant that interacts with users via voice, video or text, are one of the most mature and widely used empathetic interfaces in health. Interest in this technology spiked in the middle of Q1 2018 (as illustrated in the bar chart at the left), as chatbot-powered innovations in depression and other areas gained increased attention. From an innovation perspective, chatbots are becoming increasingly AI-powered, with machine learning being used to improve their effectiveness. The chart at the left lists innovations frequently mentioned in articles focusing on health chatbots. Source: DigiHealth Informer Platform, Enspektos, LLC
  21. 21. 21 Empathetic interfaces, blockchain and mobile: What is some of the latest on these key trends? Update: 2018 Trends That Matter 21 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 During Q1 2018, interest in blockchain-powered health technologies accelerated. Centers of blockchain health excellence are starting to form in various regions, including the United States, Canada, China and many countries in Europe, as the map illustrating locations referenced in articles focusing on blockchain and health indicates (see below). Blockchain Health Ecosystem Diversifies Blockchain and Health: Countries Referenced in Articles Focusing on Blockchain and Health-Related Technologies, Q1 2018 Source: DigiHealth Informer Platform, Enspektos, LLC
  22. 22. 22 Empathetic interfaces, blockchain and mobile: What is some of the latest on these key trends? Update: 2018 Trends That Matter 22 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 As mentioned previously, digital therapeutics was the breakout digital health trend of Q1 2018 and mobile technology is central to many of these solutions. To understand how digital therapeutics featuring mobile technologies are shaping patient care, we looked at the top conditions they are being used to help manage. Interestingly, digital therapeutics featuring mobile are aiding care in diabetes, schizophrenia, addiction, ADHD and other diseases, as highlighted in the chart at the right. Digital Therapeutics and Mobile Technology: Key Therapeutic Categories Referenced in Articles Focusing on Digital Therapeutics Featuring Mobile Tech, Q1 2018 Source: DigiHealth Informer Platform, Enspektos, LLC Mobile Health = Healthcare =
  23. 23. The trends presented in this report represent only the tip of the digital health iceberg. Want to better understand the market forces impacting your specific product, service, company or industry? Here’s how. What Next: Access Personalized Analysis & Insights Data in this report is sourced from the DigiHealth Informer platform and the Savvy Cooperative patient market insights service. Combined, these platform provide real-time digital health market intelligence and invaluable patient perspectives. Contact us to find out how our data can help you. Interested in understanding how and why these and other trends matter to your specific company, sub-sector and more? Get in contact to book a customized and insightful live talk delivered by the author of this report, Fard Johnmar 23 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 Learn More & Request Demo Book Speaking Engagement
  24. 24. About Enspektos, the Digital Health Maven Project and Savvy Cooperative Enspektos is a globally respected innovation consultancy. This report was produced by Enspektos, LLC. Founded in 2005, Enspektos delivers technology, strategy, analysis and non-obvious insights to executives, entrepreneurs, health professionals, government officials and others globally focused on using digital and emerging technologies to re-shape health. Learn more about Enspektos at A global initiative supporting and accelerating digital innovation in health. This report and the DigiHealth Informer platform are part of the Digital Health Maven Project. Founded in 2014 by Enspektos, the Project’s outputs have reached and benefited more than 40,000 people globally. Learn more at 24 digihealth impact trac | Q1 2018 | published april 25, 2018 Savvy helps companies and researchers get the patient insights they need. Savvy Cooperative is a patient-owned co-op that helps companies and researchers get the patient insights they need to build superior products and services. Savvy provides an online marketplace that connects patients with opportunities to share their patient experience with innovators, so that together they can bring better solutions to market, faster! Learn more about Savvy at
  25. 25. Digital Health Definition: Enspektos defines digital health as the use of multiple technologies (software, analytics, genomics, devices, etc.) to track, improve, support and modify health. Key digital health technology centers include mobile, social media, Big Data and wearables. Data Sources: Insights featured in this report are based on publicly available social and news data published during Q1 2018 and Q1 2017 and a patient online survey produced by Savvy Cooperative. Data Reliability: Enspektos makes every effort to ensure that data is from reliable and reputable online and patient sources. However, we cannot warrant the ultimate reliability and validity of data obtained via our automated data collection and processing techniques. Use of Data: This report is provided for informational purposes and was prepared in good faith on the basis of public information available at the time of publication without independent verification. Enspektos does not guarantee or warrant the reliability or completeness of the data nor its usefulness in achieving any particular purposes. Enspektos shall not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred by reason of any persons use or reliance on this report. This report is a proprietary aggregation of publicly available data (and survey data collected by Savvy Cooperative) and shall not be reproduced without the written consent of Enspektos, LLC. Learn more about Enspektos at AdditionalNotes ®