Healthcare system of any nation can only be as strong as the collective health of the population. In these unprecedented times, the digital health is seeing an inflection point which compel the nations to use it as a standard protocol. Digital health has moved from the pilots to rapid rollouts for mainstream deployment and it is expectated to stay at the center stage for next few years to come.
Armed with advancements in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, cognitive computing, wearables, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality, digital health is now aspiring to move away from being a companion to traditional healthcare to being a fully functional ecosystem on its own. Virtual care is seen as the primary application to be deployed in order to provide seamless care to be extended beyond the hospitals. It needs to be utilized to the full extent beyond just teleconsultation to monitor, engage and manage the patients effectively.
While the pandemic has been a catalyst in the rapid adoption of digital healthcare, its true success will be measured by its ability to sustain the engagement levels in a post-COVID world. As healthcare organizations prepare themselves for the new normal and beyond, they need to continue investments in building a robust, secure, scalable, and resilient digital health infrastructure. This shift towards digital health centred around virtual care also creates an imperative for stakeholders to collaborate and address the concerns around privacy, security, and trust to enhance provider productivity, improve outcomes, and deliver a personalized and integrated experience to patients.