At a time where Google Home or all kind of connected objects are becoming a part of our daily lives, they are also transforming the medicine area. Between 2014 and 2016, start-up in the health industry have grown by 40%.
It is logical for two reasons, we are now used to connect our devices and measure our efforts and our daily activity, indeed we are becoming our own actors of our well-being. Also, we are facing population’s aging with less and less doctors so we strongly need more services with less resources. Healthcare’s future is strongly linked with the technologies. It represents a lot of advantages in terms of time but there are some issues concerning data protection.
A SOCIAL NEED
New technologies within the health industry represents the opportunity for people to create a new link with the medical system and be a direct actor of their health by working in “collaboration” with doctors.
Benefits from the patient side:
As we are facing the aging of the population, people need a more personalized and regular follow-up. That is why we are more and more talking about “silver economy”. New technologies within the healthcare industry are aiming at simplifying interactions between doctors and patients. For instance, patients will be more autonomous by following their health directly and consequently reassure close relatives.
Benefits from the doctor side:
Connected objects do not aim to become diagnostic tools or to encourage auto medication but are seen as an helping tool for doctor. Indeed, they will give a detailed follow-up, more regular and more personalized so they will have much more data to establish a good diagnostic.
Future visits to the doctor, supplemented with data measured daily, will be more effective,
will detect and treat pathologies that are not identified too late.
It corresponds clearly to “More services with less resources”
Innovation in the technology industry is developing faster than the law. It is the case for overboard and other new ways of transportation but also for the medicine. The regulation is not updated for this kind of new technologies.
However, we see a strong will to move in this type of new medicine. Indeed, in 2018 healthcare professionals who will follow their patients remotely with a connected solution will be better reimbursed by Social Security. Through this law, we can say that the French state show its convictions: thanks to connected health, doctors offer a more efficient service to their patient.
As the market is emerging and represents a huge opportunity for companies, everybody want its slice of the cake. Moreover digital industry is a fast-moving environment, things have to be done quickly.
It is quite dangerous in the health industry, in fact many connected objects in all kind of industries are being developed quickly without clinical validation. It can lead to strong damages if they deliver wrong information.
Even worse, some app push boundaries by proposing auto diagnostic.
At a time when manufacturers of well-being-oriented connected objects are approaching the medical frontier, the question of data security is an essential choice for users.
Data collection within the medical system can not be the same as the other type of business. Within the European union, regulation on the data and its use during the process of exchange and also after is very strict.
The French state show a strong interest for users’ protection on the data collection, for instance through the RGPD (General regulation on data protection; in french: Règlement Général sur la Protection des Données). This regulation will be more careful on this issue and sanction will be tougher.
On the user side, people may not be ready to share their health data as the system is not secure at 100%. To counter this phenomenon, organization like ASIP, Agency for Shared Information System on health (in french, Agence des Systèmes d’Information Partagés de santé) are mandated to insure the data security.
My selection of connected objects in the health care industry
- • Bioserenity : in the Brain and Spinal Cord Institute, this start-up manufactures connected clothes to monitor people with epilepsy more effectively
- • Pkvitality: Innovation Award at CES 2017, this startup is designing a connected watch that can measure blood glucose levels in a non-invasive way. o How does it works? Biosensors remove the interstitial fluid with traces of glucose painlessly.
- • Lifeplus : This startup makes a connected watch for seniors that measures the health and activity of the person as well as smart sensors placed in the living area that analyze the living environment.