The trend towards continuous monitoring of our healthcare through ambient and wearable sensors is more than a trend: it is becoming reality. It is also a step towards the digital transformation of healthcare.
This is what I see when looking at statistics like the one published by Park Associates on the growth of connected health sensors in US households, see the graphic, from 2020 to 2021. Now some 55% of US households have at least a connected health sensor.
Wearables represent 37% of these sensors, with smart watches leading, followed by fitness trackers.
The growth of these sensors is important since they are laying the foundation for a health data space: all data harvested can be aggregated into a time stamped record and analysed by machine learning algorithms (some are already associated to the device embedding the sensors, such as the Apple watch). I bet that we will soon have offers to create personal digital twins to manage these data. Along with them there will be a growth of applications to analyse and “act” on those data.
My personal digital twin will aggregate more data, like the one tracking my whereabouts and data present in the ambient (like pollution, temperature, humidity data) adding them to my health data space to enable correlation.
These data, and/or their meainig, will be shared through the cyberspace to my doctor and most likely to some trusted service provider for continuous monitoring and assessment.
More than that. Neutralised data will become available to provide information on what is going on in a specific location enabling further correlation and meaning extraction.
I think this is a bottom up digital transformation of healthcare that will go hand in hand, and most likely steer the top down DX of health care (this latter being orchestrated by institutions and Governments).