2019 shapes up to be the best year for digitalhealth yet.

From a global FDA, to A.


in hospitals, let’stake a look at what we wish to see this year.

Here are the major trends that we look forwardto.

National digital health strategies While technological development soars, healthcaresystems around the globe struggle with unsustainability, and a shortage of medical professionals.

Digital Health is the only viable way forwardand we would like to see more and more countries catching up.

Denmark is already building a robust digitalsystem for medical records and empowers e-patients with more focus on prevention.

New Zealand’s strategy focuses on patientsas the point-of-care.

And a small African country, Rwanda, is buildingtheir healthcare system so wisely, that digital health startups are swarming the region, andthe newest technological marvels are rolled out nation-wide almost instantly.

Only six countries have some sort of digitalhealth strategy, but we would like to see more and more governments to develop theirown in the new year.

Cross-border cooperation It’s going to be a slow process, but wehope to see the beginnings of borderless healthcare.

Transnationalization can enable treatmentsoutside the national healthcare systems.

Just imagine a French patient sending a tissueof his tumor to a Belgian company specializing in precision diagnostics.

They establish that a Swiss pharma companyhas the exact type of clinical trial that the patient could use, so he gets healed bythe joint efforts of numerous healthcare systems.

It was unimaginable before.

But with well-developed digital health tools, it can become a reality.

Discussions about a global FDA With cross-border cooperation comes the questionof oversight.

We already see the demand for a regulatoryorganization that goes beyond borders.

Every day, there are more and more ethicaland legal challenges, like gene editing in China and genetic big data in the West.

The emergence of some sort of a global FDAseems inevitable.

Medical chatbots aiding medical professionals 2019 could see the rise of health chatbots.

Britain’s National Health Service alreadyused a chatbot for a trial period to reduce the burden on its non-emergency helplines.

Unfortunately, the first experiences weremixed.

Patients didn’t trust the system and theywere able to play it to get an appointment with their doctor quicker.

But as these bots develop, and patients embracedigital health, the bots will be able to take off the burden on medical professionals whenit comes to easily diagnosable health concerns or quickly solvable health management issues.

Cars become the point of care When it comes to the future of healthcare, this is not something you would say from the top of your mind, but cars could be one ofour most valuable diagnostic devices.

Mercedes already has cars that are able totell if a driver has become too tired to drive.

And they’re aiming to arm their cars withmore and more health sensors.

The seat belt, the steering wheel or practicallyanything the driver might touch, can be used as a biometric sensor to gain information.

They could help detect a drop in blood sugaror even an impending heart attack.

We’d like to see more car manufacturersthink this progressively.

An FDA approved bioprinted tissue The San Diego-based company, Organovo is focusingon the technology of 3D printing biomaterials.

They have successfully bio-printed liver tissuesin 2014 and they seem to be years away from printing liver parts for transplantation.

Based on their announcements we already expectedlast year that their first bioprinted products are expected to make it to the FDA in 2019, and we already saw a lot of regulatory discussions about 3D bioprinting – these will continuemore intensively into the new year.

A smart alarm revolution There are tons of wearables, sleep sensorsand sleep apps out there.

Even fitness trackers can follow your sleep.

But the Holy Grail of health tracking is thesmart sleep alarm.

Since we sleep in cycles, we can feel completelygroggy or fully rested depending on where we are in the cycle at the time of wakingup.

But Smart Alarm analyzes your sleep and wakesyou up at just the right time.

A few days ago, I realized that the FitbitIonic has a smart sleep alarm feature, I tried it and it works wonders.

I hope that the rest of the sleep trackermanufacturers will also pull it together, and in a few years, when we look back, wewon’t even understand how we could torture ourselves by waking up to a regular alarmclock.



based algorithms and services approvedby the FDA As wearables and innovative digital healthtechnologies swarm our lives and our hospitals, we have access to more health data than ever.

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we have the ability to processthem and gain insight that was unimaginable before.



applications will help us with fasterand more accurate medical diagnosis; and cheaper, more effective R&D.

IBM has already taken the first steps.

Watson launched a special program for oncologistswhich is able to provide clinicians with evidence based treatment options.

Deep-learning and machine learning is readyto take healthcare by storm and we hope we’ll see a flock of approvals in the near futureas A.

I finally enters our lives.

Big Tech in Big Pharma We’ve talked a lot about how Silicon Valleyis looking into healthcare as their next big undertaking.

Apple focuses on its consumer products toturn them into medical-monitoring devices.

Amazon is building on its logistics and distributionsavvy to sell prescription drugs and medical supplies online.

Google, as a pioneer in AI research, is bettingon the analysis of big data.

And even Uber wants to replace ambulances.

Healthcare is a 3 trillion dollar pie in theUS alone, and it’s ripe for disruption.

These companies have clearly stated that theywant a piece of that pie, and they have the ability to radically change healthcare forthe better.

Expect to hear more from them in the future.

I hope you enjoyed this list about our expectationsfor 2019, and that you’re just as excited about them as we are.

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