Earlier than HLTH 2021 kicks off in Boston on October seventeenth, listed here are 15 predictions from digital well being executives to look at:

Siva Namasivayam, co-founder and CEO of Cohere Well being

“The explosion of telehealth will definitely be a scorching subject at HLTH. I anticipate the opposite development might be specializing in psychological well being, particularly within the context of the post-Covid period. And naturally, we’ll proceed the dialog on interoperability, knowledge, and AI.”

Oron Afek, co-founder and CEO of Vim

“We’re trying ahead to listening to in regards to the acceleration of technology-driven efficiency and accountability in healthcare. Suppliers want extra supportive sources to achieve success in additional significant and broadly distributed threat fashions. We consider this yr at HLTH we’ll hear extra about how main well being plans, distributors, and risk-bearing organizations are utilizing expertise to drive success at scale in high quality, affordability, and affected person and clinician expertise.”

Patty Hayward, Director of Healthcare Technique for Supplier and Payer Markets at Talkdesk

“Many tendencies this yr converge across the affected person journey. Healthcare customers now anticipate a synchronized and personalised expertise radically extra handy than what has been the established order. The influence of the pandemic, rising applied sciences, and different industries are driving that degree of comfort digitally and compelling healthcare to seek out options for assembly those self same expectations.”

Christopher Younger, Head of Product, Pressure Therapeutics

“We’ve seen huge funding in, and speedy adoption of, digital well being over the previous couple of years, and I anticipate that we’ll see plenty of dialogue on the place we’re within the hype cycle. Given the expansion that we’ve seen within the trade, the tendencies that I feel we’ll see at this yr’s HLTH are (1) Large Knowledge administration and its potential to facilitate a extra proactive method to care, (2) tangible use of AI in assist of scientific determination making, and (3) the rise of consumerism in healthcare, which has fast-tracked the necessity to develop best-in-class digital experiences for sufferers.”

Jerry Shultz, president of Lightbeam Well being Options

“At HLTH 2021, tendencies I anticipate to see are what points of the healthcare ecosystem are molding and adapting as we’re shifting right into a post-pandemic world, whereas nonetheless working to extend entry to care and enhance well being fairness. Digital and hybrid care, coverage modifications, and wearable units are a few of the bigger subjects we’ll see due to the pandemic. Particularly using wearable units for distant affected person monitoring (RPM). There might be a concentrate on how RPM helps suppliers within the digital care and telehealth shifts and promotes constructive habits amongst sufferers.”

Dallan Huff, president of Motient

“I’m trying ahead to seeing the improvements introduced on by the challenges of the pandemic. Motient has been in a position to enter the market at a uncommon time in historical past. Underneath regular circumstances, our affected person motion platform would add worth to the trade, however throughout this historic time, our group has had a novel alternative to serve the rapid urgent wants of the healthcare trade and of healthcare professionals. I’m excited to see how different groups are adapting and find out how we will proceed to maneuver ahead with these altering instances.”

Colin Banas, MD, MSHA, Chief Medical Officer at DrFirst

“We anticipate to discover new tendencies in well being IT which are shaking up the established order. For instance, telehealth and digital care have immediately taken middle stage. Whereas this blossomed as a way to fill within the gaps throughout the pandemic, it may achieve this rather more. Take into consideration what we will obtain if we totally embrace how telehealth may enhance how sufferers can entry care when and the place they want it. New superior monitoring units that simply match into sufferers’ lives and may seamlessly and securely talk with the suppliers who want the data can rework how we handle continual situations. This might embrace steady glucose monitoring units which are built-in with cellular apps and higher pulse oximetry and cardiac rhythm detection constructed into wearables. Rule modifications are already being thought of on the state and federal degree for cross-state reciprocity and expanded cost fashions, which can assist. And increasing telehealth’s use by pharmacists may assist sufferers higher handle their remedy remedy to enhance outcomes and keep away from hospital readmissions.”

Rob Cohen, President and Common Supervisor at Bamboo Well being

“We have now BIG issues dealing with us in healthcare – COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic, psychological well being disaster, and staggering influence of continual situations – and we have now to leverage each device in our toolbox, together with expertise, to beat our obstacles. Knowledge, analytics, collaboration, innovation and medical science are crucial to serving to us battle these mounting issues. Know-how serves as a connector, breaking down silos to enhance care coordination and positively influence outcomes throughout sufferers’ bodily and behavioral wants. At Bamboo Well being, we concentrate on addressing these challenges and blazing new trails by way of our modern options.”

Matthew Roe, MD, MHS, Chief Medical Officer at Verana Well being

“I’m excited to see an extremely various group of healthcare leaders convening at this yr’s HLTH assembly. There may be clearly sturdy assist for modern collaborations throughout all stakeholder teams to enhance healthcare supply and biomedical analysis. The COVID-19 pandemic has supplied the impetus to drive elementary change, however the unresolved questions are how we will align across the greatest issues to resolve and the way we will outline collective success. As we develop efficient options collectively, I consider that we must always focus upon creating novel knowledge partnerships that allow the creation of high-value, overlapping datasets and reusable expertise infrastructure to remodel and analyze these knowledge into significant insights that drive progress.”

Bret Larsen, CEO and Co-Founder, eVisit

“There is no such thing as a query that the pandemic has ignited a large transformation in healthcare. In 2021, well being programs will shift their focus from facilitating fundamental two-way video visits to implementing strategic enterprise-wide digital care supply options. Which means virtualized end-to-end processes that combine each step in affected person care from scheduling, consumption, ready rooms and affected person queuing to interpretation companies, e-prescribe, billing and analytics, referral administration and extra. Throughout the following a number of quarters, digital care paths might be pretty ubiquitous throughout the continuum of care together with pressing care and EDs to main care and specialty care — all to serve sufferers the place they’re: at house and on cellular units.”

Eric Rosow, CEO, Diameter Well being

We anticipate that the theme of information interoperability throughout the healthcare ecosystem might be huge… or must be! Some current occasions have underscored the necessity for clear, semantically interoperable knowledge. COVID was a wakeup name: state public well being departments had been unable to course of check outcomes shortly due to lack of a typical manner for labs to report check outcomes, slowing the pandemic response. In July of this yr, CMS started implementing a requirement for well being plans that provide Medicare/Medicaid companies to ship scientific knowledge to their members over sensible telephones. So, top quality, correct knowledge might be an crucial for member satisfaction. As a result of digital scientific knowledge is now so available – by our estimate, some 5 billion digital scientific paperwork had been exchanged in 2020 alone – it’s a useful resource ready to be tapped. So clear, top quality and semantically interoperable knowledge is a should and we anticipate to listen to it mentioned at HLTH.”

Susan Solinsky, Co-Founder, Chief Progress Officer & Chief Working Officer, Ellipsis Well being

After the previous 18 months, COVID-19 is, in fact, nonetheless on the forefront of each HLTH attendee’s thoughts. I feel a significant subject of debate will focus on how we worth healthcare and well being monitoring as People, with an emphasis on the significance of psychological well being screening. In truth, Psychological Well being America discovered that there was a pointy enhance within the variety of folks screening with average to extreme anxiousness and despair for the reason that onset of the pandemic, and stay greater than charges previous to COVID-19. The rising significance of psychological well being as part of total bodily well being is a noticeable development. Psychological well being care is now leveraging the measurement-based strategies which have remodeled the administration of bodily well being situations. As society turns into more and more accustomed to digital applied sciences, the trade should capitalize on the advantages of analyzing affected person habits to determine and monitor psychological well being situations in a scalable manner and deal with the behavioral well being epidemic that considerably impacts our world.”

Brett Vokey, Founder and CEO of BreatheSuite

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the healthcare trade in some ways, and people modifications might be entrance and middle at HLTH 2021. Particularly, the pandemic has underscored that it’s time for higher funding in digital care and Distant Affected person Monitoring (RPM) to supply higher, extra clear affected person care at house and between physician visits. A brand new class of distant monitoring CPT codes proposed by the CMS – for Distant Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) – are a part of the 2022 Medicare Doctor Charge Schedule and can broaden the scope and attain of distant monitoring by reimbursing the monitoring of non-physiological knowledge. I anticipate this may result in higher innovation and adoption of passive monitoring programs like inhaler sensors versus units for non-passive measurements like spirometry or pulse oximetry. I predict related care applied sciences which are empowering customers and their physicians with knowledge to enhance their approach and adherence for utilizing prescribed medical units at house might be a significant focus of this yr’s occasion. On that entrance, BreatheSuite might be showcasing our over-the-counter gadget that turns common metered-dose inhalers – which analysis exhibits 90 of each 100 customers aren’t utilizing appropriately as prescribed — into sensible inhalers. We simply obtained FDA clearance, and by selling simpler inhaler use and RPM, we’re aiming to enhance high quality of care and well being outcomes whereas decreasing the financial burden related to respiratory situations like bronchial asthma and COPD.”

Jim Fitzgerald, Govt VP & Chief Technique Officer, CloudWave

“In a large discount of threat and waste, in addition to a significant wave of potential financial empowerment, possession of the non-public well being file will transfer from steward organizations like healthcare suppliers and payors again to the affected person. The forces that can battle this rising development – and can summon all types of quasi-scientific, technical, and ‘ethical’ objections to will probably be forces that wish to monetize private well being knowledge with out having to remunerate the buyer. The battle over this might turn out to be the following entrance within the in ongoing societal rigidity between particular person liberties and societal wants.”

Meshari F. Alwashmi, PhD, CSO at BreatheSuite

“Know-how — particularly, developments in related well being — is altering the scope of observe for well being care suppliers and introducing a brand new function. I predict these applied sciences and the way they’re affecting the best way HCPs deal with folks with continual situations by permitting them to remodel digital affected person knowledge into actionable insights might be on the forefront of discussions at this yr’s HLTH. Better implementation of Distant Affected person Monitoring (RPM) applied sciences is refining value-based care and driving a extremely efficient hybrid care mannequin within the period of COVID – combining in-person and digital visits. At HLTH – and past – there might be a concentrate on rising usability and flexibility/affected person customization of RPM programs, which can allow higher performance and make it simpler to assemble affected person utilization knowledge (equivalent to inhaler use, step monitoring, coronary heart charge, and many others.) through a cellular app. BreatheSuite, for instance, will display how our FDA-cleared metered-dose inhaler add-on and cellular software work collectively to watch, report and finally enhance a consumer’s inhaler approach and adherence in real-time. Affected person utilization knowledge collected remotely is massively empowering and can permit HCPs to work with their sufferers to create extra personalised motion plans, which is essential for the administration of continual illnesses equivalent to COPD and bronchial asthma.”