eHealth, from interest to adoption


Between now and 2020, 34 billion connected devices will be in use worldwide, according to the new Internet of Things report from Business Insider Intelligence, and a large proportion of those will very certainly be devoted to health. eHealth is a relatively new development, which is as seductive as it is potentially problematic. Although the main concerns of users focus on data confidentiality and use, connected health opens the door to a far-reaching revolution in medicine at many levels. Connected devices and health apps can make medicine more personalized, or preventive, hence more effective. Thanks to more accurate health indicators, both patients and physicians can be better informed about the patient physical condition, while medical remote monitoring should help improve coordination between healthcare professionals.

A vast set of data is being gathered as the basis for gaining a better understanding of how this new form of medical practice is perceived in the Western world, and the uses and expectations shared by patients and physicians. Analysis and cross-referencing of these numbers is driving the emergence of a battery of information graphics giving us a much clearer overview of key trends and developments in eHealth, not only from the user point of view, but also from the pharmaceutical industry perspective. Two of these graphic presentations have particularly attracted the attention of Sanofi Le Hub: one by Accenture Health which identifies the Top 5 eHealth Trends, and the other by the Sanofi France Lab Santé, which highlights the perception and adoption of this medical revolution in France specifically.




The data gathered show us that connected health is perceived very positively by physicians and patients, who see it as an effective and entertaining route for getting individuals to pay greater attention to their own physical condition. 85% of the physicians interviewed by Accenture feel that the use of connected objects helps their patients to engage more effectively with their own health. The same feeling is shared by 76% of patients, who believe that these new technologies will help them improve their lifestyle. So 49% of the individuals surveyed by Accenture Health, and 65% of French residents interviewed by Sanofi, say that they are ready to use connected devices to monitor their exercise regime and/or prevent certain illnesses.


read the article on LAB/Santé Sanofi (in french)

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