Digital Health Age takes a look at some of the biggest stories of the week.
Good news for us!
A new report has shown that the global digital health market is on the rise and it isn’t looking to stop anytime soon.
Research from innovation consultancy Enspektos shows positive growth for the industry across all factors including infrastructure, regional diversity, health outcomes and financial strength. Figures show that mHealth is still the dominant technology, closely followed by things such as big data, adherence and wearables.
Other features of the research show that more countries are starting to invest in digital health, more media organisations are focusing on it and more diseases are being managed through digital technology.
Let’s talk about it
The topic of mental health has recently received a lot of attention and will have hopefully gotten more people talking about it.
This is the aim from a new start-up funded by the Royal Foundation that aims to develop digital tools to get people talking about mental health.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are investing £2 million into the new start-up which will be headed by CEO Victoria Hornby.
About the start-up, Hornby said: “This new digital start-up will bring together experts in mental health and technology to find and create new solutions. We want to use the power of technology to reach the millions of people, especially young people, who feel isolated and alone, and help them to find the right place to talk.”
Sarah Wilkinson, CEO of NHS Digital has been named the second most influential woman in the UK for IT.
Wilkinson was named by Computer Weekly’s annual ’50 Most Influential Women in UK Tech 2017’.
Wilkinson was appointed as CEO of NHS Digital earlier this year. Her previous roles have included being chief technology officer at the home office, where she headed IT systems that support policing and UK borders.
She was also managing director and head of corporate systems technology at Credit Suisse and has worked at HSBC, UBS and Deutsche Bank.
The MedTalk Podcast: Episode 3
The third episode of the MedTalk Podcast is now available for avid listeners.
This episode sees the four editors discussing fertility apps and the need for regulation in the health app market. They also talk about the public hearing held by the EMA on valproate-based medicines and discuss the risks they can pose to pregnant women.
Finally a look at how sensors used in Hollywood are helping detect frailty in the elderly and closer to home the editors look at the digitisation of NHS services