HIMSS e-Health Trendbarometer reveals new technologies empowering patients and consumers are rapidly emerging, shifting expectations for how, when and where health-related services should be delivered.
Patients, citizens and consumers demand care that is most appropriate for them, which creates a significant demand for more personalized approaches to care delivery. Vendors and consulting companies across all regions have jumped on the trend of consumer-enabled and connected health, which is fundamental to a pro-active, forward-looking vision for care delivery. But also health facilities are likely to support and enable the use of this technologies much more in the near future.
Consumer-enabled and connected health technologies intend to bridge the gap between citizens/consumers and health resources, with the goal to increase personal engagement and connectivity to achieve health and wellness. It promises to improve the health of citizens/consumers and the way care and prevention is delivered via internet-based strategies and resources, the use of remote monitoring devices, telehealth and wearable technologies.
Key findings of the study include:
This current edition of the HIMSS e-Health Trendbarometer series provides insights into the adoption and maturity of consumer-enabled and connected health in European countries. The study focuses on the drivers of and barriers to connected health, and covers a comprehensive range of influences including regulatory, cultural, financial and technical.
A survey was conducted February through April 2021, a time when most European countries are experiencing the third wave of COVID-19 and are at the start of their vaccination programme. Respondents included 359 digital health professionals from 26 countries.
In addition, qualitative interviews were conducted with three digital health experts, who were invited to discuss the quantitative results in more detail and contextualise the findings.
June 7-9, 2021 | Digital
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