In HealthTech, a technology that’s the hottest trend one year will be seriously outdated the next. It can be hard to keep track of what’s up to date in HealthTech these days, but with our Cool Wall for 2017, we’ll let you know what’s in, what’s over, and what’s next.
Lots of companies rolled out technologies that let consumers transform gadgets they already owned into medical devices. This proved to be unpopular because consumers just don’t want to pay for anything that makes them feel like they’re sick or will become sick. Yes, consumers want products that are wellness or fitness-related, but they really aren’t going for healthcare-driven technologies.
For the past few years, wearables have been poised to be the next can’t-live-without-them devices. But they’ve never quite lived up to their potential.
Consumers consider them to be inessential novelties, rather than necessary parts of their lives. While some fitness trackers have maintained popularity, most have really taken a dive.
Healthcare APIs — or application program interfaces — help one application talk to another. While APIs are useful in a lot of different sectors, healthcare professionals are responding particularly well to them. The benefit, of course, is that if someone needs to see two pieces of information, she doesn’t have to log into two separate systems. Instead, APIs can be used to link, for example, new interfaces with electronic medical records to improve patient care.
Medical professionals are already swamped with demands, but that doesn’t mean their patients are receiving the to-the-minute medical advice they need. This is where chatbots come in. Although rudimentary chatbots have been around for decades, more sophisticated chatbots like HealthTap and Your.Md help users determine the potential causes of their symptoms. Chatbots are still very underused, however, and we see the possibilities for their use expanding throughout the rest of the year.
As you can see from our Cool Wall, the shelf life of HealthTech products isn’t always very long. That’s why it’s so important to get your healthcare solution to market as soon as possible. With Ciklum on your team, you can get your product to market 45% faster, with a 40% reduced initial investment, too. Contact us today to see how we can help you.