Top 5 HealthTech Predictions for 2017

More disease-specific apps, more tentative steps into Augmented Reality and ever more wearables; 2016 has been another big year for healthcare technology.

Will 2017, with upcoming tech events like CES, mean a new chance to witness amazing developments in health and technology? Will it be the year of the HealthTech revolution? Read the opinions from our experts below and share your thoughts with us via @Philips

  1. We will share more data

“My prediction, or at least my hope, for 2017 is for more real-world implementations that allow healthcare consumers to input, control and share their personal health data with care providers and others. This may be through Open APIs or other data sharing mechanisms enabled by open, standards-based platforms.” CK Andrade, PhD. Director, Product Management at Philips.

2. We will see the invisible

“One of our biggest challenges in health is making data meaningful. Machine learning lets us visualize the invisible by, for example, allowing care professionals to predict diseases or by serving people insights on how their behavior affects their health. We help people take action on this data with persuasive design, storytelling and data visualization.” Brian Pagán, ‎Creative Lead, Persuasive Design Lab, Philips. See Brian’s Medium profile, my blog, and UX Magazine profile.

3. We will make Augmented Reality real

“Augmented reality (AR) has successfully permeated the consumer space, and I believe there will be a natural desire to use this technology in health care. Physicians desire contextually relevant, seamless integration of a whole host of medical data and anatomic imagery to better guide our interventions and surgeries. We at Philips are now using AR to help guide spine interventions, and I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg.” Atul Gupta, M.D, Chief Medical Officer, Interventional & Diagnostic Radiologist, Philips- Image Guided Therapy.

4. We will embrace the consumer

“I expect to see further consumerization of health — the convergence of professional and personal care in a world where individuals are far more engaged in their health journey. Capturing and analyzing the array of personal and clinical data in a secure cloud-connected environment means we will be able to deliver faster, more actionable insights that allow doctors and care professionals to make better decisions.” Jean Botti, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer, Philips.

5. We will be proactive

“Recognizing that the two most critical determinants of both health and compliance factors are zip code and credit score, this data with become a focus for marketing, outreach campaigns, care management design and future incentive metrics. Combined with hereditary information, this will one day lead to a shift toward proactive prevention of high acuity care needs, rather than just reactive treatment. The information will also help accelerate the ability to take action and empower people to take better control of their health.” Tom Zajac, Business Group Leader, Population Health Management, Philips.