Digitization is infusing our lives with a new, more rapid rhythm. As a megatrend, it is changing how we live as it alters the formats and processes by which we make decisions in all aspects of life – healthcare included. Countless numbers of digital health startups have emerged in recent years, major technology companies are rushing to enter the health market, and regional pilot projects are testing the potential of telemedicine. On a near weekly basis, there are media reports of new health apps and the benefits of Big Data in medicine or e-health cards. Reporting on these issues often paints images of digital technology ushering in a fundamental transformation or even revolution in healthcare.
But what are the actual opportunities and risks inherent to this development? Which technologies offer patients and medical professionals a genuine added value? What impact do they have on the role of patients and medical professionals? And on their relationship to each other?