Four months into 2020, the world is facing an existential global health crisis: the outbreak of a novel coronavirus– caused respiratory disease (COVID-19). Cases of a novel coronavirus were first reported in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December 2019 and have since spread across the world. It can be argued that ultimately it would’ve been impossible to resist the health tech revolution as we move into the 2020s. The COVID-19 pandemic just helped speed the need for digital health tools to be adopted and implemented into the clinical setting.
Category: Wearables & Devices
The Core Principles on Virtual Care | Consumer Technology Association releases set of recommendations for efficient and effective use of virtual care tools
Titled the Guiding Principles on Virtual Care, the proposals were developed by various virtual care companies affiliated with CTA, including Livongo, Doctor on Demand, Validic and 98point6. Reports show that patients with access to their own health data are far more likely to engage with the information in ways that improve the quality of care and their overall healthcare experience. The above principles laid out by the CTA are based on concepts and best practices currently present and developing in the U.S. regarding the provision of virtual care and consumer protection.
Over the past decade, patients have taken a more active role in educating themselves and directly managing their own health. And with more than 80 percent of consumers now researching their healthcare options, new technologies provide consumers new ways to engage in their own healthy living and in managing certain conditions. In other words, technology is empowering consumers to take control of their health. Uber Health, Lyft, Walmart Health, Amazon Care are just a few organizations entering the healthcare space.
Digital health tools that facilitate innovative methods and modalities to improve care, enable lifestyle change, and create efficiencies are progressing quickly. digital health technologies are destined to force comprehensive change in the way healthcare services are delivered and consumed in the US.
As the U.S. healthcare system continues to increase its focus on digital health initiatives, 2019 saw continued growth in digital applications that sought to improve patient engagement and empower them to become better decision-makers. The evolution of digital health is one of the biggest sources of rapid change in the US healthcare system. Digital Health Times.
Google AI Paves the Way for Breast Cancer Prediction | Google AI is ‘capable of surpassing human experts in breast cancer prediction’
A study, published in the January 2020 issue of the scientific journal Nature, found that by using Google AI technology, there was a reduction in false positives and false negatives when it came to diagnosing forms of breast cancer. Besides skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, with a 13% chance that a woman will develop breast cancer sometime in her life. And while breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (lung cancer kills more women each year), the chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is around 2.6%.