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Forbes 12/10/2015

Top 10 Healthcare Predictions For 2016

As 2015 comes to a close, Frost & Sullivan experts and thought leaders gather together to predict the top 10 trends to expect during the coming year.

Next Generation Wearables

The new generation of “medical” or “clinical wearables” is going to be equipped with more sophisticated sensing, capture and analytical functionalities, thus making the clinical utility of those devices more actionable. Currently, sales of healthcare wearables primarily involve monitoring technologies like those developed by Vital Connect and Proteus Digital Health; moving forward, technologies like the Quell from Neurometrix that provides therapeutic support will continue to gain traction.

Expect healthcare and consumer technology companies alike to be highly active in exploring strategic acquisitions of early stage wearable companies.

Frost & Sullivan’s recent study on consumer behavior to digital health shows approximately 24% of consumers currently use mobile apps to track health and wellness, 16% use wearable sensors and 29% use electronic personal health records. This trend is expected to continue as 47% of consumers would consider using wearables in the near future.

Retail Care Goes Mainstream

2015 witnessed retailers allocating a great deal of investment toward expanding their clinical footprint, acquiring new tools and forming unique partnerships with healthcare companies. Consequently, 2016 should see the efforts of those machinations as retailers begin to fully execute their strategies for becoming the front line of primary care services.

Changing Dynamics in Healthcare

With a total capital of $100 billion, the NDB was formed as an alternative to other world banking organizations dominated by American and European stakeholders. Formerly the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Bank, the NDB is focused on improving the lives of citizens in developing nations.

Its key initiatives include significant infrastructure investment in healthcare and wellness services for underserved populations.

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