Of course, these developments will only have real effect in places where healthcare is already integrated and where connected care is already ingrained. In regions where access to healthcare is lacking – either from inadequate infrastructure, or from geography (eg, rural areas) – connected technology needs to bring more than just tweaks; it needs to bring radical changes.
There are many ongoing projects where technology aims to overcome limited resources. For example: where there are not enough human resources to manage health conditions like hypertension and diabetes, technology has an important role to play; and where there are not enough specialists, connected care technology can help spread their expertise to a much wider population.
For treating chronic conditions like CVD, there is a huge potential for connected technology to bring expertise to populations that might otherwise struggle to reach it – and it’s exciting to see initiatives like ‘Be Healthy, Be Mobile’, launched in 2014 by the World Health Organization, supporting this ideal.