Sunday, 7 April, is World Health Day and this year’s theme is “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere—#HealthforAll.” An important aspect of “Health for All” is the role of technology, particularly patient monitoring (PM), which helps patients achieve better outcomes and live longer, healthier lives, even when access to hospitals and clinics is challenging.
Patient monitoring has evolved from ad-hoc to continuous monitoring of multiple parameters, causing a surge in the amount of unprocessed and unorganised data available to clinicians for decision-making. To extract actionable information from this data, healthcare providers are turning to big data analytics and other analysis solutions. Predictive analytics is becoming a particularly important technology, as it not only presents the current state of the patient’s health but also predicts future illnesses. The success of this technology, among many others, attracted $566.3 million in investments in 2018.