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Not feeling well? Consult your mobile phone for diagnosis and advice

September 28, 2020
Borderless Future

With or without a pandemic, our future healthcare experiences will be radically different. That’s the premise on which our special guest, Naomi Fried will focus on the October 07 Borderless Live Event on the Digital Health Revolution.

A leading advisor and innovative exponent of digital health initiatives, Naomi will argue that when we’re sick, our first line of care will be to tap our mobile phones for diagnosis and advice. We’ll avoid our physicians’ offices and instead get care at home using technology to communicate with care providers. Digital tools will effortlessly collect clinically important information about us, enabling providers to make better, quicker decisions about our care. Digital solutions will remind us to take our medicine – and our social network will nudge us when we forget. Games and digital solutions are already driving us to be active participants in our own care.

In short, digital health will be the dominant form of non-acute care. with the potential to improve outcomes, decrease costs, improve efficiency, and deliver care and information in entirely new ways conveniently to patients and providers that are cost effective, and personalized. For consumers, there are more digital “health and wellness” solutions than any other type.

More than the digital watches and activity trackers that dangle from our wrists or the nutrition and weight management apps that fill our smartphones, digital solutions will transform healthcare. The clinical opportunities for digital health will be immense, once healthcare providers and investors distinguish between the froth and technologies that add true value.

On Borderless Live, Naomi will define a framework to categorize and identify new high impact, high-value digital health solutions for key stakeholders and investors.

From the patient’s perspective, digital health solutions come in many forms: digital patient care, education, health and wellness (where we find those trackers and fitness apps), and transactional or administrative functions.

Naomi believes that digital patient care holds the greatest promise for improved outcomes and transformed healthcare with providers using “clinical-grade digital information” to evaluate and make decisions about patients using a trove of new, highly useful data generated from digital tools to help manage their patients. These include digital tools that may provide, for example, cognitive testing or measure gait for patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

Delivering patient care through virtual, digital means including telehealth and remote patient monitoring will allow patients to get care conveniently at home, work, or school. Remote home monitoring for chronic conditions, such as diabetes and congestive heart failure, is already booming, according to Naomi.

Digiceuticals, “digital pharmaceuticals”, therapeutics administered through apps, games, or software already play a significant role to treat a variety of conditions and diseases. Apps are available to treat depression, attention deficit disorder (ADHD), insomnia, panic disorder, chronic pain, and substance abuse. For more and more conditions, we can now say, “There’s an app for that.”

Apps, sensors, games, and even “ingestibles” for medication compliance are the next-generation technologies that will remind patients to take medication and provide doctors with information about compliance. Digital health will make adherence to a medication regimen easier – and maybe even more fun – for patients, according to Naomi.

Join Naomi Fried on Borderless Live on October 07 at 2 pm CET to hear more about her unique perspectives on the future of digital health.

Source: Naomi Fried, Ph.DFounder, and CEO of Health Innovation Strategies

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