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3 Growing Digital Health Trends for 2019 and Beyond

Healthcare organizations of all sizes are making strides toward more innovative experiences for patients and providers alike. Here are some of the most noteworthy and thrilling digital trends that are currently shaping healthcare.

Automobile Healthcare

As the healthcare system a whole continues to move toward becoming more invisible by way of a multitude miniature diagnostic devices that measure patients’ vital signs, the car is becoming another place in which healthcare can be provided.

Automotive active health monitoring systems are expected to increase by 67% from 2018 through 2026, according to Transparency Market Research. Auto makers such as BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, Ford, Volvo and Mercedes are already on their way to these major driver health initiatives, paving the way toward auto active health monitoring systems.

This new equipment will serve as a biometric sensor that passively measures vital signs, storing any data in the cloud. Devices may be found in any part of the car that comes into contact with humans, including the steering wheel, the seatbelt or the seat. German technology supplier that serves many car companies, Bosch, is currently developing a system that monitors head and eye movements by camera as well as heart rate, body temperature and body posture, which will be innovative in helping drivers to avoid falling asleep at the wheel.

Smartwatches Measuring Vital Signs

A number of devices are being introduced that are capable of measuring clinical-grade ECG while offering an all-around overview of the health status of the device wearer. The Omron Heartguide and Withings Move ECG are two of of the latest devices with these health measurement sensors. These numbers are only expected to grow. According to Frost & Sullivan, the number of Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices is expected to be about 20-30 billion by the year 2020!

But it doesn’t end there. The popular Apple watch is making leaps in this direction. Apple released an ECG-featured Apple Watch in late 2018 – but they are not alone it seems. Many other smartwatch manufacturers are following in Apple’s footsteps, developing smartwatches that also offer ECG features. Because of this, Apple is now striving to offer the most accurate medical-grade measurements available to the market so it can remain ahead of its competition.

Many of these devices will go a long way in terms of diagnostics. Numerous medical professionals will likely begin including them in their clinical practices to deliver the latest in industry standards for the control of cardiovascular disease and heart monitoring.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

The healthcare market is teetering along the lines of developing advanced virtual and augmented reality practices. For example, imagine a distressed patient who can be instantly transported to a sandy beach or a medical student who can be trained for detailed surgeries with augmented reality. These technologies are emerging and will continue to develop through 2019.

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