The time is right for the third generation of digital health

The technology is ready, the regulatory context is becoming clearer, and — accelerated by pandemic-driven paradigm shifts — both patients and physicians appear eager. The third generation of

digital health is with us, bringing transformational digital medicine and therapeutics. And unlike earlier technological advances, this time Latin America seems just as prepared as anywhere else. Get to know the next generation.

In 1995, dermatologist Dr Joseph Kvedar started a revolution — albeit a slow-burning one. He led a program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston focused on the development…

There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has hastened digital transformation across the board. Among the changes of the past year is a leap in the use of telemedicine, preparing the way for far more transformative digital health technologies that are just starting to come to maturity. As with most pandemic-induced change, what we are seeing is an acceleration of long-developing trends, not a sudden revolution. Don’t expect that doctors will make way for robots anytime soon — but do expect technology to start to augment the health care practitioner’s toolkit and expand their presence into patients’ daily lives.

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Chronic diseases: a failure of decision making

Chronic disease is the world’s leading cause of premature mortality, a huge burden on healthcare costs — and, in most cases, preventable. So why aren’t we preventing it? Much is down to individuals’ ability to make healthy decisions. New digital health solutions aim to provide the data, support — and behavioral nudge — to enable them to do just that.

There’s no doubt that in 2020 the world’s attention was directed towards one disease in particular. However, in the middle of the global pandemic, the World Health Organization released their estimates of the…

In spite of its specific characteristics, chronic disease has typically been managed based on traditional medical frameworks that were designed to deal with acute conditions. But times are changing. AI, algorithms and digital therapeutics are generating new paradigms for the physician, enabling them to amplify their focus and to help their patients lead healthier, fuller lives

Do you remember the last time you went to the doctor? It probably went a bit like this: after initial pleasantries, you described the symptoms that you’d been experiencing. The doctor probably carried out some kind of check-up in the consulting room. They may…

The anatomy of digital healthcare ecosystems

Latest thinking on healthcare innovation spotlights the notion of health ecosystems and their evolution in line with the sector’s new reality and needs. Although current healthcare players and big technology companies will all take part in these developing communities, it is likely to be new and emerging actors that take some of the most innovative roles, integrating data and engagement, and convening participant.

The concept of ecosystems has become increasingly common in business. It refers, much like its precursor in the natural world, to interacting and co-evolving communities of different agents, companies and services…

Clinical outcomes for digital health solutions cannot be exported. This may be a good thing

Unlike drugs, digital health solutions — with outcomes predicated on changing behaviors — need to be trialed locally to allow for the impact of culture on how people act. Upsides of this approach may go far beyond an understanding of local applicability and include greater adherence to treatment protocols — and thus, lower costs, and better outcomes.

Failure to take into account differences in behavior when launching a product or service in a new country has led to costly mistakes in the past, by companies…

Regional fragmentation creates important barriers for the arrival of healthcare innovation in Latin America. Platforms helped to bridge this gap in biotechnology. Emerging digital platforms will play a similar role in health-tech.

On 25th January 1990, Avianca Flight 52 from Bogota to New York crashed, killing 73 of those onboard, including all of the cockpit crew. The plane ran out of fuel whilst circling JFK awaiting a landing spot. Exactly what happened that day has never been conclusively proven. It seems that the plane was manned by competent and experienced crew members, who were well aware of the low fuel…

With the development of innovative digital health applications that need to be connected and integrated to improve patient care, the time is now right for digital platforms to disrupt healthcare

In the mid 1990s, James Clark had a big new idea. Flushed with his success as the founder of the Netscape web browser, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur — broadly revered as one of the fathers of the internet — saw the possibilities offered by new technology to radically shake up the US healthcare industry. He imagined using the internet to streamline and improve efficiency by seamlessly connecting patients, doctors, hospitals…

As we enter the third wave of digital health, it’s time to learn from earlier experiences and promote adoption of new applications by putting doctors front and center. The route to empowering patients should go right through their physicians, not around them.

The doctor has been central to patient health for as long as a figure recognizable as such has existed — since at least the Ancient Egypt of 5000 years ago. …

If digital medicine is going to live up to its promise of improving the lives of chronic disease sufferers, health ecosystems need to get smarter

In a 2019 study, professional services firm Cognizant asked healthcare professionals what an effective chronic disease management solution would look like. Care providers answered that it would connect patients and providers, offer a support system, provide near-constant, highly personalized information and immediately incorporate patient feedback.

Of course, what the majority of patients and healthcare professionals actually get is something rather different — and light years away from the ideal proposed by the interview respondents.

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Axenya

Axenya is a digital health platform company that empowers Latin-American physicians and patients to plug into the future of medicine.

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