Updating healthcare technology
Blockchain finds its way back onto our 2018 list of healthcare technology trends after one health IT expert posited that the technology would move from theory to practice in 2017.
As far as healthcare technology trends go, digital health is one that is predicted to grow exponentially in 2018 and beyond.According to seed fund Rock Health, .5 billion was invested in 188 digital health companies in the first half of 2017 alone, and the number of wearables is projected to hit 34 million by 2022, according to Statista.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also issued new guidance that loosened its regulations for certain mobile health technologies to reflect its "new, more modern approach to digital health products." The agency said it was aware that healthcare providers and consumers were embracing digital health technology such as fitness trackers and mobile health apps, and that clinical evidence supported the fact that consumers can experience better outcomes when they are better informed about health.One area that is being expanded is telemental and telebehavioral health services.This is particularly beneficial since one in five adults in the U. suffers from mental illness, and often turn to their smartphone before they seek healthcare.
Industry experts are busy making their predictions for the top healthcare technology trends of 2018.