Telehealth, telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, consumer health wearables, digital therapeutics, & artificial intelligence in medical diagnostics
Over the past decade, digital health and artificial intelligence (AI) have changed the delivery of healthcare. With more health data collected today than ever before, companies around the world are developing digital technologies, including AI, to leverage this wealth of information and deliver disruptive solutions for overburdened healthcare systems around the world.
This IDTechEx report on the digital health market provides an overview of the range of digital health technologies that have emerged over the past decade. It covers sectors including telehealth, remote patient monitoring (RPM), consumer health wearables, digital health apps, digital therapeutics, and the use of AI and machine learning in imaging diagnostics. With over five years of coverage in digital health and related topics such as wearable technologies, purchase of this IDTechEx report includes access to over 135 company profiles, a 10-year market forecast of RPM hardware, and a 40-year outlook for the adoption of AI and ML in computer aided diagnostics.
Healthcare is a convoluted and complex field, and digital health is no exception. Significant portions of the digital health market involve technologies and services that enable healthcare to be delivered outside of traditional clinical settings. This focus of digital health was particularly relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic – the need to deliver healthcare to people staying safe in their homes enabled the acceleration of telehealth uptake by over five years. In general, the decentralization of healthcare has been an ongoing trend even prior to the pandemic as a means to alleviate pressure on hospitals and clinics. Escalating healthcare costs, shrinking profit margins, and aging populations suffering from chronic health conditions are just several issues that digital health addresses for a multitude of stakeholders including patients, providers, and payers.
Telehealth and remote patient monitoring support patients with chronic health conditions
An increasingly tough burden faced by healthcare systems around the world today is the treatment of patients with chronic health conditions. Spanning both mental and physical health conditions, careful management of chronic conditions not only increases the quality of life for patients, but also reduces costly and harmful emergency hospitalizations. In this report, IDTechEx details the key contributions of telehealth, including and beyond the management of chronic health conditions. A deeper dive into RPM technologies is also provided, with a 10-year forecast across 19 types of connected medical devices that can be readily applied to RPM programs.
Wearable technology offers continuous monitoring, early diagnosis, and preventative healthcare
A contributor to remote patient monitoring programs is the advancement of wearable technologies. In addition to medical devices now becoming wearable, wearable consumer electronics are also moving towards healthcare applications. Over the past five years, consumer smartwatches have offered increasing health monitoring functionality, with several market leading products having received FDA clearance and CE marking for their diagnostic capabilities. These diagnostics have the potential to catch silent diseases such as hypertension and atrial fibrillation, leading to early intervention and the ability to provide preventative healthcare. Included in this report are roadmaps covering both wearable technology and wearable sensors in health monitoring.
The rise of software as a medical device
Over the past ten years, software has also emerged as a medical device, with key firsts such as the first digital therapeutic and first video game being approved by the FDA. An overview of digital health apps and digital therapeutics is provided in this report, as well as a deeper look into the role of digital health apps in diabetes management, one of the earliest adopters of digital health technology. This report also covers the rise of artificial intelligence in aiding physicians triage patients through analysis of medical images and includes a market penetration forecast covering 20 years from 2020 to 2040 over 13 different therapeutic areas.
This report provides a detailed overview of the digital health ecosystem including insights into the key trends, opportunities, and outlooks for several aspects of digital health, including:
- Trends in telehealth and telemedicine
- Key applications of remote patient monitoring, including a 10-year market forecast covering 19 categories of medical devices
- Health monitoring capabilities, consumer health wearables and roadmap for wearable health sensing
- Overview of digital therapeutics, including a deep dive into the range and adoption of digital health apps in diabetes management
- The potential of AI in medical imaging diagnostics, including a 20-year market penetration forecast covering 13 therapeutic areas
Dr. Nadia Tsao
Research Director, Personnel Lead, IDTechEx
Dr, Tess Skyrme
Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx