When 2021 comes to an end MobiHealthNews asked digital health executives what their biggest takeaway from another challenging year for the healthcare system.
Check out these leaders’ thoughts on other big topics from this year, such as this the expansion of telemedicine and the enormous inflow of funds. They also forecast digital health trends for the next year and discussed whether the investment boom will continue in 2022.
Snezana Mahon, Chief Operating Officer of Transparent
“I think the biggest advantage is that we are on the right track, but there is still more to be done.
“Despite the incredible year of funding and innovation in this area, digital health has still not really kept its promise to fix the broken health system. Employers still face high costs, access to quality care is still a problem, and people are still very frustrated with their health and care experiences.
“The industry has created a whole ecosystem of digital health point solutions, but in many cases people are still not sure what they really need or where to start figuring this out. Now that we’ve proven that innovation is possible in this area, we need to make sure we develop solutions that actually make the health and care experience simpler, not more complex or costly. “
Carolyn Witte, CEO and Co-Founder of Tia
“It was so amazing to see that women’s health care was not treated as a niche market. While 51% of the population should never be considered a niche, investment trends finally signaled a turnaround. When women’s health care works, the whole system works better. “
Guillaume de Zwirek, CEO and founder of Good health
“In 2021, digital patient engagement tools were in greater demand than ever before. The three main priorities converging this year to fuel this demand include: increasing pressure on providers to implement more consumer-centric experiences to include patients outside the “four walls” of the hospital; the need to re-enlist many patients who delayed primary care and specialist visits during the height of COVID-19; and a move towards “alternative on-site care” to deliver care in lower cost environments, whether virtual or at home, through remote patient monitoring tools and devices.
“We have seen a greater willingness on the part of healthcare ecosystem actors to adopt digital solutions to meet these patient needs.”
Kyle Armbrester, CEO of Mean health
“By far the biggest takeaway of 2021 is how important it is to activate the home as a place of prevention. The pandemic has really made clear the health disparities for those struggling to reach their doctor, especially the elderly, the disabled and people who live in rural areas.
“While wellness visits and preventive health exams can save and prolong lives, they are nowhere near enough. Advances in screening devices, remote monitoring, and telemedicine are making it possible to do more outside the walls of healthcare facilities, and with doctors having the ability to adopt these new tools, we are at a tipping point to make the home a health center big Activate scope.
“People don’t want to be the way things were again. The payers, providers and innovators in the field of digital health are obliged to further expand the dynamics of the last two years. It is up to us to make quality health care available in a way that suits people’s way of life.
“In many ways, 2021 was also a year of stage design. We saw the implementation of the CMS interoperability mandate in July and expect this policy to bear fruit over the next year as third-party apps roll out and patients take control of their health data. We also saw the introduction of the direct contracting model from CMS, an important step on the way to value-based supply. “