Trends in Digital Health and why you should care


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Driven by demographic change, rising costs in the healthcare system and growing customer demands for patient-centered tools, the relevance of innovative Digital Health solutions is constantly growing. While many technologies are available on the market, there is still a lack of comprehensive solutions that support the patient across all his medical conditions and provide an integrated user experience throughout the patient's everyday life. Future Digital Health solutions will not only have to cross-link patient data across different devices and applications in order to enable better medical decisions, but also to create user experiences that address the patients' needs and help them to establish self-sustaining behaviors towards a healthier lifestyle.

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Trends in Digital Health and why you should care

  1. 1. Trends in Digital Health and why you should care Michael Weber, May 2014
  2. 2. We are all getting older
  3. 3. 2012 2050 2 billion people will be aged 60 or more by 2050 22 % of world population 10 % of world population 650 million 2 billion
  4. 4. Over the same period the number of people aged 80 or more will quadruple to million
  5. 5. And we are getting sicker
  6. 6. Over 860 million individuals worldwide are suffering from chronic diseases.
  7. 7. Individuals with diabetes worldwide (in millions)
  8. 8. Chronic diseases are representing of all annual deaths.
  9. 9. “For some countries, it is no exaggeration to describe the situation as an impending disaster; a disaster for health, for society, and most of all for national economies” - WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan
  10. 10. of health-care costs are related to chronic diseases
  11. 11. The annual economic impact on the U.S. economy of the most common chronic diseases is calculated to be more than ...
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  13. 13. Many chronic diseases are lifestyle-related Deaths per year: 6,0 million 2,8 million 3,2 million 2,5 million Main risk factors: Tobacco use Unhealthy diet Physical inactivity Harmful use of alcohol
  14. 14. Today‘s health care systems cannot solve these problems
  15. 15. But can technology?
  16. 16. Digital Health is the convergence of the digital and genetics revolutions with health and healthcare. - Paul Sonnier
  17. 17. © Vancive Medical Technologies
  18. 18. Empower individuals and patients to better manage their conditions and life healthier lives.
  19. 19. Allow relatives and professional care givers to more accurately monitor and coach chronic disease patients and elderly individuals living independently
  20. 20. Lead the way toward a more personalized, precise and cost-efficient medical care
  21. 21. Quantified Self for nerds only?
  22. 22. 23 © Nicholas Felton
  23. 23. Sensors are everywhere  Detect Earthquakes  Machine monitoring  Aircraft navigation  Auto-rotate displays  Game input  Activity Tracking  Sleep Analysis
  24. 24. Avoiding training injuries
  25. 25. Walking the Walk Nike+ FuelBand
  26. 26. Heart rate, stress level and breathing at the tip of your fingers © Azumio
  27. 27. The Dash In-ear Computing
  28. 28. Wireless in ear headphone Waterproof Music player (1000 songs) Fitness tracking (steps, cadence, pace, rotation, g-force, turns) Body sensors (heart rate, heart rate variability, oxygen saturation, energy spent, body temperature) Distance Kickstarter funded $3,390,551
  29. 29. Putting diabetes patients back in control
  30. 30. Cellnovo diabetes management system
  31. 31. Proteus Chip-in-a-pill Improving the efficiency of existing pharmaceutical treatments
  32. 32. Low adherence is one of the biggest challenges in healthcare today Source: Andree Bates, „Ensuring Profitable Patient Adherence Programs“, Eularis, March 2010
  33. 33. CE mark 2010 FDA clearance 2012
  34. 34. Taking care of loved ones Helius Caregiver solution
  35. 35. Tailoring treatment to each person individually Digital Medicines Body Sensors Personal Genomics + +
  36. 36. Universality Interoperability Commercial availability Global reach Joy of Use Data Privacy What does it take?
  37. 37. Government Pharma companies Insurance companies Medical service providers Technology companies Start-ups Who will win this race?
  38. 38. From prorietary platforms to connected ecosystems
  39. 39. iWatch Healthbook (iOS8) NikeFuel software Nike+ platform
  40. 40. And who will you trust with your health data?
  41. 41. Michael Weber Email: Digital Consultant Working at the intersection of business, design and technology to create innovation and change.