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Progress in technology, coupled with medical and scientific advances, is expected to significantly change the healthcare environment.

Technology companies, healthcare companies, medical device companies, and others are capitalizing on emerging technologies to provide novel healthcare solutions using mHealth, sensors, data analytics, bioinformatics, and advanced software.

The result will be a medical environment that takes advantage of “smart” technologies for improved healthcare decision-making and better patient outcomes.

David Moore, group director of Ashfield Healthcare Communications, says two areas stand out in terms of where smart technology is heading.

“Smart diagnostic devices is one area that will have a tremendous impact on how healthcare is delivered in the future,” he says. “There are a lot of these devices in pilot now. Some are set up to be simple, inexpensive devices to take patient vitals, for instance. But where they vary significantly in addition to production costs, is their ability to feed data into a central data repository giving physicians, and sometimes patients, the ability to use that data on a regular basis.”

Mr. Moore says some of these diagnostic tools are being designed to measure specific disease markers, giving an individual test results in 20 minutes rather than two to three weeks, and doing so for less than $100 vs. the $2,000 to $3,000 today’s testing might cost.

“Think of the impact such devices would have on reducing emotional distress and making testing far more affordable for everyone,” he says.

Read the article contributed by Denise Myshko in full in PharmaVoice.


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