Evolution of Digital Health: Then & Now

15 December 2016, Written by James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Evolution of Digital Health: Then & Now

This week Qualcomm Life is at the Connected Health Conference in Washington, DC. Since the conferences inauguration in 2009 we have seen a digital health evolution before our eyes. The health care landscape is transforming at an accelerated pace, with 67 percent of payers and providers anticipating that half of their contracts will be value-based by 2018. Medical device data is now powering insights and evidence, which this new health care economy demands. Investments in digital health has more than tripled in the last five years, reaching $3.9 billion in the first half of 2016 and electronic health record adoption has increased to close to 96 percent. Qualcomm Life too has expanded, growing our own ecosystem to over 2,300 members and connecting up to 900 connect devices across the care continuum.
See the infographic below for a breakdown of the digital health progression in the industry and from Qualcomm Life over the past five years – and follow the conversation along on our Twitter channel @QualcommLife.

About the Author

James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Qualcomm Life as a result of their April 2013 acquisition of HealthyCircles, a Care Coordination and Remote Patient Monitoring Software Platform Company founded and led by Dr. Mault since 2009. Prior to starting HealthyCircles, Dr. Mault was the Director of New Products and Business Development for the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft. Dr. Mault has more than 30 years of experience in senior executive positions in the Health IT and Medical Device industry as well as clinical medicine. Dr. Mault has founded five Health IT and medical device companies, leading these companies to develop novel devices and software technologies, FDA approvals, and strategic partnerships with numerous Fortune 500 companies. He is the named inventor of over 80 issued and pending US Patents for a variety of novel health information and medical device innovations. He has been board-certified in both General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery, having specialized in heart and lung transplantation, thoracic oncology and critical care. He has conducted academic medical research under numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, and others. He is the author of more than 60 scientific articles, chapters and books in the published medical literature. Dr. Mault holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Medical Degree from the University of Michigan, and conducted his General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery residency training at Duke University Medical Center.

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