2016 has been marked as the year digital health begins to reach its potential. Hot Topics introduces the 100 most influential drivers of the Health Tech revolution, globally. Cristina De Juan, Innovatemedtec's CEO, is on this list.
Healthcare is currently undergoing a digital revolution, and its rapidly developing relationship with technology is beginning to shape potentially one of the largest sectors in the world.
The digital sector and its stakeholders began to acknowledge the role of technology within the healthcare system barely five years ago, but it has since allowed a reservoir of investor capital, startup creation, and consumer adoption to explode.
By 2020, it is projected that $102 billion will be spent on health and wellness technology across nine different markets, and the growing value of the global Health Tech market will rise to over $100 trillion.
Its development has been hotly anticipated: the healthcare industry was initially slow to adopt innovative solutions within its services, but recent traction points towards a rewarding future.
Driving this growth is not only technology innovation, but behavioral changes in the general public’s attitude towards health and well-being, regulatory changes – in the US in particular – are beginning to open up the space to entrepreneurship, and changing demographics are forcing governments to ameliorate the effects of an ageing population.
These macro-trends go some way to explain the perfect storm scenario that Health Tech is predicted to experience this year.
Crucial to the safe, responsible, efficient and productive delivery of each Health Tech innovation are the many people, healthcare influencers, across the world, that seek to improve the consumption and experience of care.
Of those, there are 100 Health Tech influencers who operate as practitioners, founders, investors, digital leaders, government representatives, consultants and pharmaceutical heads that have a particular knowledge of their field, product or service, that truly makes them influential in these important, early, days of Health Tech.
The list was defined in association with Hotwire PR, and the challenges we face in shaping the future of healthcare are vast, but these 100 Health Tech influencers represent a digital sub-sector that could be fundamental to the future of our species.