Countries Covered: Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, UK
Publication Date: 16/11/2021
Questions Covered in the report:
- What are the top trends in the digital health landscape in Europe?
- How is the worldwide virtual healthcare market was projected to develop by 2027?
- What is the share of healthcare professionals thinking that telemedicine will be among the top technologies to invest in in the next three years?
- How do consumers feel about sharing storing their health data in 2021?
Healthcare accelerates shifts towards digital during COVID-19: new yStats.com report.
The acceleration of the digital health market worldwide
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the global health industry realized the necessity of speeding the movement to digital space. Despite some implementation difficulties detailed in the new yStats.com publication, the market is set to follow an upward trend to online services in the next five to six years, growing at double-digit rates yearly across the globe. Moreover, the number of mobile applications available in online stores reached its all-time high in 2021, indicating the increasing consumer interest in virtual healthcare services. Among the top medical applications worldwide by the number of downloads were those for monitoring individuals’ “Mental health and behavioral disorders”, and such diseases as “Diabetes”, “Heart/circulatory system”, and “Digestive system”. Additionally, an integral part of the digital health sector, telemedicine, is among the main trends to be adopted and developed further in the near future, and already in 2021, more than half of global healthcare decision-makers believe that telemedicine is one of the health technologies with the highest investment. Furthermore, almost three-quarters of the healthcare leaders claimed that within the next three years, hospitals must increase their investment in AI as a digital health technology, according to a 2021 survey cited in the yStats.com report.
Europe is catching up in digital health adoption during COVID-19
On the European landscape, Estonia, select Nordic countries, Austria, Germany, and the UK were acknowledged as role models for digital health innovation in 2020 by the healthcare professionals surveyed during the pandemic. Despite this, some of the market leaders in the region, “Funding and costs” was seen as the main challenge in digital health services adoption and their further developments, along with “IT security & data privacy”, and “Integration within and across organizations”.