IQVIA issues digital health trends report for 2021

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DANBURY, Conn. — A new digital health report from the IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science examines digital health trends in four areas — innovation, evidence, regulation, and adoption — to assess how these new tools are becoming an entirely new therapeutic modality.

Key findings:

  • Accelerating innovation in digital health tools: Health-related mobile applications available to consumers on top app stores worldwide now surpass 350,000, with more than 90,000 digital health apps added in 2020 — an average of more than 250 apps per day.
  • Advancing regulatory approval and commercialization: Digital therapeutics (DTx) and digital care (DC) products and tools — which incorporate software as a means to treat, prevent or manage specific diseases or conditions — have been proliferating, and more than 250 such products are now identified, including about 150 products that are commercially available.
  • Growing maturity of clinical evidence: The overall body of clinical evidence on app effectiveness has grown, with more than 2,000 studies published since 2007, including almost 1,500 published in the past five years.
  • Overcoming barriers to adoption: Multiple commercialization pathways now exist for digital health tools, providing more opportunities to app manufacturers to realize an economic return on investment for those tools supported by robust evidence and user demand.

Learn more by downloading the report and graphic exhibits at  iqviainstitute.org.


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