The digital patient
Digital innovations can make an important contribution to raising the quality of services in the healthcare sector, fulfilling increased security requirements and standards, and at the same time adhering to budget possibilities.
Digitisation is changing our society massively. In hardly any other area is this so strongly evident as the healthcare sector. MEDICA in Düsseldorf once again impressively demonstrated this. Digitisation was the central topic at the most important exhibition for the medical industry, with huge innovations across the topic of e-health.
Digitisation in the service of health
Digital technologies can open up new possibilities for the treatment of patients. Robots can already place needles for infusions, and initial applications based on Artificial Intelligence that have nearly reached market readiness can be found in medical imaging. Healthcare is also one of the fields of application with the highest potential in the Internet of Things. RFID is one of the key technologies in this area for the identification and exchange of information. Wearables based on RFID are already capable of continuously providing patient data. We make successful use of this possibility in our SecurWATCH IP system - people in need of protection can use it to move around freely, yet under a reliable security screen.
Success story of wearables
Digitisation is also changing the care given on wards. Intelligent applications relieve staff in their daily procedures, allowing them to concentrate more on care. On the other hand, patients experience greater comfort and feel empowered through their higher degree of independence and self-responsibility. The situation in the private area is very similar, too: Assistance systems and gadgets, which track vital data with sensors, became extremely popular within a very short space of time. In 2016, around 150 million wearable offers were sold worldwide; by 2020, the sales of fitness trackers, smart patches and other products are expected to more than double. Not least, this also documents a fundamentally high level of receptiveness to technological progress in the healthcare sector.
Challenges of the 21st century
The digital health market is characterised by entirely different offers and interests, but two success criteria are deemed decisive for both private and professional applications: Digital innovations can only be successful when they offer new solutions for problems and when they meet financial requirements. On the level of the individual as well as society as a whole, our health syste is faced with major changes. Digital innovations can make an important contribution to raising the quality of services in the healthcare sector, fulfilling increased security requirements and standards, and at the same time adhering to budget possibilities.