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2014 Top Health Tech Trends
2013 was a big year for health technology; the app market grew to offering over 100,000 mobile health apps and wearable health technology became popular staple in everyday life.
Being fresh into the New Year, the mhealth market is only expected to grow with more exciting and new technology. Check out the top 5 trends expected to be the big in 2014:
- Data in the doctor’s office
Currently 21% of Americans are using some form of technology to track their health data according to Pew Research. It is expected that this will continue to grow with the New Year and start to be incorporated into daily medical care. It is likely that people will begin to combine their personal health data with medical knowledge to take better action on nutrition and exercise routines.
- Smart Clothes
Wearable health technologies like Nike Fuel band and Fitbit have become essential in many people’s lives and is likely to grow in 2014. This wearable health technology trend is expected to grow with smart clothes being the next big “hit”, tracking health and fitness routines of the wearer and making that data readily available to them.
- Augmented Nutrition
The latest in wearable health technology is working to track what you eat. While there are currently many apps are people are using on the daily to track nutrition intake, more technology is planning to become available that will track caloric intake as well as being able to track food’s composition such as pesticides, GMOs and allergens.
- Virtual House Calls
Virtual house calls are also expected to be a big hit with the New Year, working to bring the doctor to patient at the patient’s convenience. This form of health technology is hoping to ease the ability to come into the doctor’s office and get medical advice when people need it most.
We hope that this trend can continue to grow as we provide Urgent Care as a service and app to our customer base. Urgent Care gives you access to a registered nurse 24/7 who can escalate to a physician that can diagnose, advise, and even write prescriptions to common medications if necessary.
- Health Rewards
Getting paid to get healthy the last big health technology trend that is expected in 2014. Many companies are starting to offer financial incentives to encourage employees to participate in wellness activities. The hope is that people who are working to be in better health, will be happier and lead healthier lives which can help in the workplace.
Health Technology has definitely come a long way, and is only looking to improve in the coming year. Here at GreatCall, we are happy to see how much health technology is continuing to grow and are looking forward to more trends to come.