A Byte a Day: How Digital Health Redraws Health Care and Uncovers Opportunities

March 2, 2016 | State of the Market Report

While traditional medicine puts an emphasis on affected organs or systems, digital solutions are exploiting commonalities between seemingly unrelated medical conditions. These commonalities are redrawing the disease landscape, and are impacting medical care and disease management. We establish a disease-connection framework by identifying six key facets of digital health – monitoring, diagnostics, predictive analytics, therapeutics, assistive technology, and behavior augmentation. We overlay disease connections on top of a technology maturity and crowding analysis to form a framework that could be applied to any set of diseases. With this framework, we identify potential applications for existing solutions, technological challenges, and upcoming shifts in business models. Based on the analysis, we outline possible changes in supply chains and technology development, and we re-imagine the future hospital.

Coverage Areas

  • Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness
  • Digital Health and Wellness
  • Digital Transformation

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Landscape
  • Digital health technologies tap into six aspects of disease management
  • Existing and emerging digital health solutions target 12 burdensome conditions
  • Analysis
  • Making connections between conditions across the disease spectrum
  • Maturity and crowding of digital solutions for 12 conditions vary
  • Putting it all together: How disease connections, technology maturity, and developer crowding together unveil opportunities
  • Conclusions and Outlook

Lead Analyst

Noa Ghersin
+1 (857) 305-5280


Jonathan Melnick, Ph.D.
Milos Todorovic

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