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Published on : Dec 14, 2015

The healthcare industry is expanding in both developed and emerging regions of the world. One of the trends that has gained prominence in the past decade in the global healthcare industry is that of preventive healthcare. The growing awareness of consumers is driving the trend of preventive healthcare. The rising number of chronic conditions such as diabetes, dementia, heart disease, and arthritis have stressed the need to improve our lifestyle. Changing lifestyle helps cope with this conditions better or prevent them.

Self-monitoring to Manage/Prevent Conditions

This willingness of consumers to change their lifestyle to prevent contracting these conditions or preventing existing conditions from getting worse is projected to drive the global preventive healthcare technologies and services market significantly. Changing lifestyle means following a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and also getting regular medical check-ups done. Driven by the preventive healthcare trend, the demand for chronic disease management technologies is rising. These technologies help manage chronic conditions efficiently.

The popularity for asthma monitors, cardiac monitors, glucose monitors, and blood pressure monitors has grown significantly in the past few years. The demand for these monitors has remained high in developed markets. However, with growing awareness about preventive healthcare, the demand for these monitors has grown in emerging economies of Asia Pacific such as China and India as well. These monitors are growing in demand due to two reasons. They help provide advanced monitoring solutions and also save time and money on treating a condition and, in turn, improve health.

Types of Preventive Healthcare

Preventive healthcare is of three types. Primary prevention involves vaccination and health counseling. In secondary prevention, monitoring helps check if a person is susceptible to any specific condition. Tertiary prevention involves the use of disease management activities. Monitors offer affordable analysis of one’s sugar, blood pressure, and other levels and can significantly help reducing the risk of contracting a lifestyle-related condition. They are used in secondary and tertiary prevention.

The rising affordability, availability, and efficiency of these monitors will further drive their demand in the global healthcare technologies and services market. Furthermore, the incorporation of smart technologies will also drive the adoption of these chronic disease management monitors, thus driving the overall preventive healthcare technologies