There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital health.
With physical access to patients and labs limited, healthcare providers have been forced to get creative with digital tools to ensure a consistent level of care over the past two years. Granted, there have been some teething problems, but overall, the industry has successfully developed proof-of-concept that digital tools can be highly beneficial for both patients and practitioners.
The question now is: how do we continue this momentum beyond the bubble of the pandemic?
As all of this issue’s contributors highlight, digital transformation is impacting every corner of the healthcare industry. This was the hot topic for industry experts at the 2021 Frontiers Health conference in Milan, where experts from across the industry gathered to give their insights into the future of digital health. In this edition of Deep Dive we bring you some of the biggest talking points from the event, including the potential of hybrid healthcare models and how digital can make medicine more human.
While we can’t say for certain what a digitally powered healthcare system will look like, what is certain is that, amid a flurry of investment and innovation, it is undoubtedly an exciting time to be in digital health.
I hope you are staying safe.
Eloise McLennan – editor, Deep Dive