KEY POINTS

  • Health care is already being transformed by the introduction of digital technologies, but the pace and scope of that transformation is set to increase in the years to come.
  • Technology in the medical sector will enable enhanced record-keeping, better and smarter alerting, and new and improved means of monitoring patient conditions.
  • Three central aspects of health care have already seen some development, but are set to experience major digital disruption in the years ahead:
    • Clinical care: The introduction of new technology like connected devices will transform hospitals and doctors' offices by introducing automated monitoring and recording protocols, alerting solutions, and increasing data analytics.
    • Electronic health records: Many in the health care space have spoken to the benefits of electronic and shared medical records to allow for greater awareness of patient conditions and overall wellness.
    • Care beyond the clinic: Members of the medical community and patients are looking more toward connected devices and digital monitoring tools to gauge conditions, activity, and overall health as patients go about their lives.
  • At the same time, digitization in health care will face a number of roadblocks:
    • Regulation: The health care sector is highly regulated to protect private medical data and ensure connected devices are safe, making it a difficult landscape to navigate.
    • Staff buy-in: Medical professionals are generally older and can be set in their ways, blocking swift workflow transformations even if they promise [...]