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11 Ways How Personal Technologies Will Disrupt Healthcare in 2018

by Werner Goertz  |  November 13, 2017  |  2 Comments

Think beyond Fitbit! Personal technologies will have a major, disruptive  impact on the way healthcare is delivered, experienced and monetized in 2018. Areas that are touched are:

1. Administrative
Patient onboarding at hospitals and care providers through biometrics and voice-enabled self-service kiosks.

2. Patient Monitoring / Elder Care
Connected home systems commoditize video monitoring and in many cases allow elderly to stay home rather than assisted living.

3. Prescription Drug Administration
Wearables and sensors monitor and give reminders to take your prescription drugs, in case you lose track.

4. Nursing
Connected devices, sensors and cameras will increase nursing productivity and on-call availability.

5. Telemedicine: Physician-Patient Interaction
Remote diagnostics, unified doctor-patient communications commoditize telemedicine and improve physicians’ productivity

6. First Response and Urgent Care
Locational services, mapping, and secure data exchange improve response time, preparedness and save lives.

7. Al and ML Support
AI will automate and augment physicians’ diagnostic capabilities. See Google’s example of diagnosing melanoma.

8. Wellness and Preventative Care
More than ever, our wearables and connected devices will help us support healthy lifestyle choices

 9. (Chronic) Patient Care and Assist
Commoditization of human machine interface device will broaden adoption by ALS, Alzheimers’, Parkinsons patients.

10. Digital therapeutics
“Software as drugs” offers inventive, revolutionary treatments to today’s most taxing conditions and diseases

11. OR – Surgery
Invasive procedures will be enabled and enhanced by video technologies, AI and machine learning

Disruption will encompass all major medical fields, including neurology, pathology, sports medicine, geriatric medicine, pediatrics, dentistry and yes (to which my pups will testify) … veterinary

 

Stay tuned to Gartner’s coverage in 2018 of personal healthcare technologies and events such as Digital Health Summit at CES 2018 (http://www.ces.tech/Events-Programs/Digital-Health)

 

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Werner Goertz
Research Director
1 years at Gartner
21 years IT Industry

Werner Goertz is a Research Director within Gartner's Personal Technnologies team, where he covers personal devices (smartphones, PCs/Ultrabooks, tablets/ultramobiles and wearables) and IoT. A special emphasis of his research lies in the Human Machine Interface (HMI) and multimodal I/O technologies: voice/speech processing and recognition, facial recognition and eye tracking, biometrics and motion/gesture control. Read Full Bio


Thoughts on 11 Ways How Personal Technologies Will Disrupt Healthcare in 2018


  1. Nancy Mahaffey says:

    Very informative, and considering the number of baby boomers, well timed.

  2. GICNR says:

    Technology is always going to push health care forward. Though it will be disruptive at first it is beneficial to us all.



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