The 5 e-health trends to track in 2022

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The 5 e-health trends to track in 2022

According to different studies, the development of e-health, also known as digital health, could represent a potential market of up to 22 billion euros per year in France and 495 billion euros worldwide. The contribution of digital technology to the health and care sectors is well established, and the major role of new technologies in accelerating decision-making and management of the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic is clear proof of this. 2022 will be the year of consolidation for the digital health market. If you are interested in how e-health will transform medical practices, this article explores the trends that will shape this market in 2022.

 

 

2021: a year again impacted by the health crisis

 

 

In 2021, the health crisis has pushed the healthcare sector to innovate and adapt. The innovation impulse in e-health was already underway, but in 2021, e-health investments saw an unprecedented increase, both on the public sector investment side, but also on the fundraising side of digital health companies.

 

In 2022, the digital health market will consolidate and innovation will likely continue its acceleration with technologies that will enable faster and more effective treatment of patients, but also impose new challenges to be overcome.

 

 

Digital health trends in 2022

 

 

1. Remote health will remain and expand

 

trends digital healht remote healthRemote health has experienced a major boom during the Covid-19 health crisis. According to a McKinsey report, telehealth use has increased 38X from the pre-COVID-19 baseline

In 2022, it is highly likely that the telemedicine and remote health services developed during the pandemic to manage patients in the context of primary care will be extended to many other specialties and care paths, such as mental health, monitoring of chronic diseases or monitoring of patients recovering from surgery or serious illness.

 

Remote health has the potential to improve access to health care, but it will not replace face-to-face medical visits. Many patients still believe that face-to-face interaction with healthcare professionals is necessary. In 2022, we can expect to seethe development of hybrid care between face-to-face and remote health thanks to better coordination of care paths in the different regions.

 

Public authorities will certainly have a role to play in integrating telehealth as an important component of the healthcare offer. Indeed, it can address many issues related to access to care, especially since, according to a very recent study by the Institut Economique Molinari, the development of remote health, combined with tele-expertise, would allow the French economic system to save 1 billion euros.

 

 

2. Artificial Intelligence to improve health and patient experience

 

trends digital health AI Artificial IntelligenceThe use of AI or artificial intelligence is not new in the world of healthcare. But the development of this type of technology in healthcare has accelerated significantly in recent years and will continue to do so in 2022.

 

AI and Machine Learning are used in this field as solutions to collect, analyze and exploit data in order to automate certain recurring tasks so that doctors can concentrate on other tasks with higher added value. These technologies will reach maturity in the e-health sector by 2030.

 

The uses can be very diverse, such as triage and orientation of patients, acceleration of drug development, diagnostic assistance through virtual assistants, computer-assisted surgery or epidemiological prevention. These numerous uses can be found throughout the entire healthcare pathway.

 

 

3. IoT to improve patient care

 

 

trends digital health IoT Internet of thingsThe IoT, or Internet of Things, allows a variety of medical devices to be connected to the Internet. Thanks to these connected objects, patients can become more and more involved in their health. They can use or wear these devices to check their body temperature, blood pressure or heart rate, and transmit them to a doctor who will be able to remotely monitor the patient’s health status.

 

This type of device can help patients with chronic diseases better manage their health and contribute to better care. With the data transmitted, healthcare professionals can, for example, give advice to the patient or better prepare for an emergency management.

 

According to a recent study, the global market for connected medical devices is expected to reach USD 94.2 billion by 2026, up from USD 26.5 billion in 2021.

 

 

4. Interoperability of healthcare solutions and systems will move into high gear

 

trends digital health interoperabilityThe use of digital solutions for healthcare implies an increasing number of software applications used by healthcare professionals, which means that training time is needed to master the various tools and that practices are becoming more complex. To take advantage of all the benefits of e-health,accelerating interoperability between different business software and digital solutions will be a major challenge in 2022.

 

In the same way, the use of all these solutions, including the one mentioned above, implies being able to access patients’ health data quickly and securely throughout their journey, whether it be with doctors, hospitals or medico-social actors. It will therefore also be essential to accelerate the interoperability of solutions with healthcare systems.

 

 

5. Focus on health data security

 

 

trends digital health health data privacyE-health is generally well received by patients, but beyond the efficiency and quality of care, confidentiality and security are among the main concerns of patients with regard to digital health solutions, and they are in favor of strengthening the security and confidentiality of this data.

 

The development of e-health is also increasing the risk of exposure of health data with the increase in remote exchanges and the hosting of patient data in the cloud.

 

To address cybersecurity risks, e-health solutions will not only have to meet regulatory requirements to ensure a high level of protection, but also implement and enforce best practices.

 

This will involve, among other things, hosting health data with a health data compliance certification (like HDS in France or HIPAA in the US) and more robust authentication processes/ Some players may even go so far as for example, in France, to obtain a security visa (CSPN) for their solutions, issued by ANSII. This certification ensures true end-to-end encryption of communications and stored data.

 

Final thoughts

 

As we have seen, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on the global healthcare system, the pace of its digitization and the emergence of these trends to follow in 2022. The need to meet patient expectations, ensure quality of care and optimize care pathway coordination will drive the adoption of new solutions by healthcare professionals, but also impose new challenges such as security and interoperability.

 

At Apizee, we have worked from the beginning on the APIsation of our solutions to be able to interface vide remote health with other software solutions. This is even part of our DNA. APIs also allow us to connect with different healthcare systems. Finally, we are constantly working on the security of our solutions and we have the necessary prerequisites to ensure the security of patients’ health data. If you have an e-health project and would like to know more about how to integrate videotransmission or remote health into your project, feel free to contact us to discuss it further.

 

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