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Boosting Understanding of Global Digital Health Innovation, Acceleration and Scope

The current state of digital innovation in global health can be summed up using two words: excitement and frustration.

On the one hand, investors and health organizations are pouring intense energy and billions of dollars into companies that are creating and scaling digital solutions. On the other, there is great frustration among hospitals, physicians, executives and others about the slow pace of digital innovation in health. We could be doing much more to develop and spread innovative solutions that boost patient satisfaction, save money and improve outcomes.

There are three resources that could help accelerate digital innovation in health globally:

  1. A simple, easy-to-communicate and widely-available framework that would help organizations, entrepreneurs and others quickly understand health organizations’ progress in integrating digital innovations into their products, services and operations
  2. Data benchmarking how hospitals, government agencies and other health organizations are doing when it comes to understanding and using health innovations to serve patients, medical professionals and others
  3. Quarterly insights regarding the shape, scope and impact of digital technologies on global health

Producing Digital Health Innovation Resources and Research


To help accelerate digital innovation in health globally, futurist, strategist and researcher Fard Johnmar developed a unique framework called the Digital Health Innovation Integration Curve (see above).

Introduced in a 2015 analysis developed on behalf of StartUp Health, the framework outlines three key stages of innovation activity — from initial awareness to scaling the use of digital health technologies across the enterprise.

A Groundbreaking Global Research Initiative

In December 2015, we launched a unique research initiative that benchmarks how health organizations in the United States, Canada, India, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world are integrating digital technologies into their products, services and operations.

The goal of this research, which is based on the Digital Health Innovation Integration Curve, is to spur innovation by quantifying the characteristics of successful organizations, inspiring laggards to accelerate their digital health activities and more.

In addition, a parallel study examines how startups, technology companies and other health organization partners perceive progress in digital innovation across key industry sectors. Organizational and partner perceptions will be compared and contrasted to identify areas of convergence and divergence and shed additional light on digital health innovation progress globally.

This research effort is called the State of Digital Health Innovation Study. Wave I of the study ended in February 2016. We published a research report regarding the findings of Wave I in mid-April 2016.

Read the Research Report from Wave I of This Global Study

Our Latest Research: digihealth impact trac

Each quarterly digihealth impact trac report is developed using a four-phase analysis of 450,000 to 600,000-plus market and financial signals to provide a global snapshot of the digital health market's shape, scope and strength. This research is conducted using DigiHealth Informer, an intelligence and productivity platform developed by Enspektos. Click the button at the right to learn more about this research initiative and to read the latest report.

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