IntraHealth: These 10 Trends will Define Digital Health in the Next Decade

4 February, 2020

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It’s been ten years since the first truly affordable smartphone was introduced and unleashed a transformation across the African continent. These days, over 40% of all Africans use smartphones, and the technology generates 8.6% of GDP in sub-Saharan Africa.

But the tech transformation hasn’t stopped with telecommunications. The field of digital health has expanded, too. To kick off 2020, IntraHealth International’s digital health team examined the existing health care ecosystem and emerging technologies to identify the trends we believe will define digital health over the next decade.

1. Increasing data maturity...

2. Tensions between convenience and security...

3. The devolution revolution...

4. Artificial intelligence everywhere...

5. Concierge health care for all...

Imagine smartphones, in everyone’s pockets, supercharged by artificial intelligence. These solutions will augment existing services and extend personalized health care virtually, where few or no services exist today.

6. Universal health coverage repeating the failures of universal primary education...

7. Health insurance driving data use...

8. The rise of noncommunicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries...

9. The impact of climate change on everything...

10. [Your idea here]...

Tweet @IntraHealth with your emerging trends and predictions for the future.

I have tweeted:

@IntraHealth #DigitalHealth trends We would add: Universal access to essential offline healthcare information on smartphones for the general public, for guidance on common illnesses and first aid. https://bit.ly/2SmxuKm

Retweet: https://twitter.com/hifa_org/status/1224597694934650880

Funders, information providers, and governments could easily realise the goal of universal access if they decide to do so. Universal access would empower people, would reduce suffering and would save countless lives.

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, mHIFA Project (Mobile Healthcare Information For All) - Supported by HIFA members

http://www.hifa.org/projects/mobile-hifa-mhifa

Let's build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare information - Join HIFA: www.hifa.org

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org