March, 8, 2018

In a global climate of rising healthcare costs, aging populations, unequal access to healthcare and wasted resources, digital technologies are being increasingly used in the healthcare setting as a way to expand access, in a cost-effective way, whilst improving quality and accuracy of care received.

According to online news magazine ISRAEL21c, 2017 saw a huge increase in investment in digital healthcare technologies in Israel, with the industry estimated to be worth $230 billion by 2020.

What’s more, Israel has now a fully digitized healthcare system, one of the first in the world, and operates using patient-centric platforms and employing digital data tools to help improve the quality and efficiency of care for patients.

Alongside smart healthcare technologies such as telemedicine, wearable technology and mobile health applications, 2018 is expected to see an expansion in these three exciting areas of digital healthcare, according to Dr. Yossi Bahagon, a family physician, global digital health consultant and managing partner of OurCrowd Qure. (source)

Personalized Medication

Technology can help accurately analyse the physiological state of individual patients, including their genetic and clinical data. This is allowing medical staff to personalize the types and doses of medication best suited to individual patients, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach, significantly improving results for patients and providing medication precisely measured for their unique makeup and current physiological status.

Personalized Disease Management

Similarly to the above, utilizing technology in the healthcare setting can help shape a more personalized approach to the management of diseases and conditions suffered by patients. Platforms have been developed to help provide this and are being used today, but 2018 should see a significant improvement in accuracy and increased personalization for individual patients, again helping to drastically improve care received.

Digital Pain Reduction

Something we are already utilizing with huge success in our HOH hospices, 2018 will see an increase in using digital technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality, to help patients manage their pain. In a culture of opioid over-use, the positive results patients are seeing in using digital technologies as an alternative to pain medication is an exciting development in the possibilities of pain management. Providing patients a safe, unobtrusive treatment option could well result in a huge reduction in opioid use, the associated addiction and negative health side effects.

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