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PCHA Connected Health Conference discusses opportunities from precision medicine to IoT

At the Connected Health Conference, held in December, many critical and timely topics in connected and digital health took center stage. The key overall theme of this year’s event was personal connected health for all - expanding reach, accelerating impact.

Precision medicine was a key focus this year showcasing its importance in a changing healthcare landscape, and was a pervasive subject across many sessions at the conference. Precision medicine and the interest in leveraging genomic data as part of more personalized interventions and broader health data use is an important subject in healthcare for patient, provider, payer and others as part of leveraging health data in the changing digital world of value-based care and a progressively more personalized healthcare experience for us all.

Another key point that caught my attention at the event was regarding the upcoming shift to Fifth Generation (5G). With that next phase shift in the wireless space, many new points of innovation in connected healthcare can only become further optimized changes including increased data throughput and lower latency and packet loss. These types of infrastructure changes bring with them the ever important progression of IoT (Internet of Things) components in healthcare, and a further shift in achieving more seamless and coordinated care delivery across settings throughout a person’s journey in the healthcare continuum. IoT in healthcare is one of many top critically important topics at the present time. Other important subjects addressed at the event ranged from population health management, big data analytics, healthcare consumerism, interoperability, patient engagement, telehealth, chronic disease management and mHealth - showcasing the diversity of concepts which are a part of the conversation in connected healthcare.

Challenges of course still remain in the market. Interoperability in health IT systems for example still looms as one of the key issues to be solved in an optimal fashion. While we talk a lot about patient and consumer engagement, another key challenge concept to remember is provider engagement, especially with their chosen health IT systems a which they use in daily delivery of care to patients. Not everything is rosy out there right now with all providers and their chosen points of investment in health IT. New types of health IT solutions and focal points from vendor portfolios will only continue to hit the market, such as various software solutions tied directly to precision medicine. If we want to ensure those are optimally used, thereby furthering genomics’ impact in healthcare and health IT, the vendor community should do everything it can to make the jobs of providers easier in leveraging an area of data which itself is not free of difficulties in terms ofuse.

About the Author: About the Author: Daniel has extensive experience in a multitude of healthcare sectors. In his current role, Daniel focuses on the digital transformation of healthcare, especially solutions reaching across the continuum of care, including telemedicine and mHealth. To learn more about Frost & Sullivan’s Digital Health research program, please click here.