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Digital health continues to grow in 2014

  • United Kingdom
  • Health and life sciences
  • Technology, Media and Telecoms



As the burden on the NHS rises, in the wake of widespread cuts and an ageing population, Digital Health harnesses the power of technology to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare, whilst providing a greater level of autonomy to patients.


Undoubtedly reinvigorated as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare”, which came into force in the United States on 1 January 2014, Digital Health is one of the fastest technology growth areas. This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2014) in Las Vegas saw a 40% growth in Digital Health exhibitors compared with the previous year, with over 300 exhibitors in the Medtech space.

So what?

Digital Health will spur innovative ways for patients to manage their wellbeing, opening a secondary business model for medical equipment manufacturers to provide their products directly to the patient. It is clear from the wide range of technological advancements on display at CES 2014, from wearable biometric monitoring systems to rehabilitative videogames, that major electronics companies have already begun to immerse themselves in Digital Health, ensuring that the marketplace is globally relevant.

For further information about the UK’s role in the Digital Health market, Department of Health organisation “Healthcare UK” published this recently updated document.

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