The Digital Health 100 of 2014 is a list of some of the most innovative, disruptive, promising companies around the world. Compiled by the Journal of mHealth, these are companies that facilitate health care and maintenance. They aim to be non-invasive, to keep patients in their homes, to encourage the development of health literacy and open communication with physicians. Some are even fun.
Clear innovation hubs emerge, with 58% of the ranking companies in the U.S. and 17% in the UK. Regardless of the location of their headquarters, these 100 companies are developing solutions for global health issues, such as communication between healthcare professionals, patients, and their caregivers. Communication is increasingly important with an aging population, as more adult children are caring for their aging parents and need to be looped in on prescribed lifestyle or medication changes.
With common goals of improving outcomes and reducing costs, the Digital Health 100 companies also focus on increasing patient adherence and motivating behavior change; chronic disease management; wearable sensors for real-time, non-invasive patient monitoring; and interdisciplinary care coordination.
Jenn Lonzer has a B.A. in English from Cleveland State University and an M.A. in Health Communication from Johns Hopkins University. Passionate about access to care and social justice issues, Jenn writes on global digital health developments, research, and trends. Follow Jenn on Twitter @jnnprater3.