December 2021 Digital Health Roundup

December 2021 Digital Health Roundup

If 2021 has shown us anything, it’s that digital healthcare is here to stay. In the new year, we can expect companies to work toward removing the inequities in digital care, we may be able to link our watches to our care, and apps may help improve quality of life for cancer patients. No matter what happens, we can all expect digital care to be part of our healthcare journey. Even the moms are saying so.

A recent survey of new or expectant mothers shows that the majority of them feel better about digital healthcare since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, but they still prefer in-person care, reports While telehealth appointments increased 540 percent among the group, 83 percent continued to have in-person visits with their doctors. While the women responded favorably to telehealth, almost half of them were unable to name any digital health companies. Learn more about the survey results here.

A digital health platform designed to improve the quality of life for cancer patients has raised more than $5 million in funding, reports Vinehealth, founded in 2018, has an app that helps patients self-manage medication, side effects, and symptoms. Patients can also enter information that can be used for research. The company plans to use the funding for product development and expansion in the United States. Get more information here.

In the next few years, your watch could become an important tool in your healthcare, reports Wearable health and fitness devices, like Apple watches, are expected to be a $100 billion market by 2028, and nearly 30 percent of Americans use the devices. With the devices’ ability to collect health-related information about the wearers, there is interest in increasing the use of medical data gathered from the devices so that it would be accessible to doctors and hospitals as part of a patient’s electronic health record. Doctors say that the devices need improved efficiency and increased patient privacy protection in order for them to be used to gather data for patient health records. Learn more about the possibility here.

Executives for Health Innovation, an independent non-profit group, released a pledge to advance digital health equity, and more than 70 healthcare organizations have signed it, reports The organizations that signed the pledge have committed to helping to prevent inequities pertaining to digital healthcare technologies. More information and the full list of organizations who signed the pledge can be found here.

What does the future of digital health look like? asked digital health leaders and executives to weigh in. See what they said about what they learned in 2021 and what to expect in 2022 here.