The rapid acceleration of digital health
The COVID pandemic of 2020 has had a drastic and lasting impact on the way we work in the healthcare sector. Whether you are a doctor, patient or even a pharmaceutical representative, many of the methods that worked just a few years ago are no longer practical. It’s been a bumpy road with a lot of inconvenience and a lot of havoc along the way, but the positive side is that digital health has enabled us to advance most of the things we need to achieve in the medical field.
While previous pandemics sometimes completely blocked access to common medical needs and practices, such as routine doctor visits, we were able to adapt to the “new normal” much faster in 2020, largely due to the advancement and use of health technologies.
In a survey of 500 doctors after COVID-19, those who used digital health heavily stated very favorable prospects for the future of healthcare. 71 percent believe that digital health technology enables easy access to information; 62% say it will improve their remote care ability; 61% expect an increase in doctor-patient engagement; and 59% believe that digital health technology enables creative approaches to treatment. Additionally, these digital health advocates are much more likely to recommend things like smart fitness devices (211%), smartwatches (200%), fitness wearables (182%), smartphone apps (167%), and disease-related devices (146%) %).
One thousand patients surveyed also agree that healthcare in the digital space improves healthcare. They report easier access to health records (75%), the ability to manage their own health (71%), improved access to new health information (67%), improved scheduling (64%) and improved interaction with doctors (63%). ). Among patients with chronic illnesses, 1 in 3 said they prefer telemedicine to doctor visits. These patients also frequently use digital resources such as their disease websites and health-related smartphone apps.