Digital Technology and Efficiency Gains in Healthcare Infrastructural Investments

This study by Roberto Moro Visconti and Maria Cristina Quirici goes beyond the extant literature, considering the public-private sharing patterns of technological expertise. Healthcare investments represent a central social infrastructure with growing sustainability issues, due to the aging population, and public budgetary pressures. Care delivery models are changing fast due to the increasing cost of care, need to improve access to care, growing complexity in treatment, and increasing involvement of patients. Healthcare systems are facing many challenges, from demographics to multi-morbidities that are associated with increasing the demand for more services. New technologies are thought to be a solution to these problems. However, to address these problems with the digitalization of healthcare will imply the combination of safely using technologies, aligned with integrated working processes and skilled professionals. The global digital health market was valued at approximately USD 120 billion in 2017 and is expected to generate revenue of around USD 380-420 billion by the end of 2024, growing at a cumulated average growth rate of 20-25% between 2018 and 2024.

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