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In the digital health marketplace, emerging trends are unlocking future opportunities for innovators and shaping healthcare investor strategies. These include regulatory changes in digital health, the expansion of telemedicine, investments in consumer-driven healthcare, and more. Patient and consumer expectations for healthcare are changing. Future health systems will need to deliver more affordable, scalable and equitable health care while under pressure to improve the quality of outcomes across the board. This evolution in health care will have long-term implications for years to come, and there are a number of key digital health legal areas associated with it. The two-year COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a rapid evolution in digital health. Demand for telemedicine has increased 38-fold, e-health startups are receiving record funding, and healthcare providers are investing heavily in their IT infrastructure. The current global pandemic has accelerated the development of digital health, especially the adoption of patient technology and innovation. Omri Shore, CEO of Medisafe, a digital therapeutics company, argues that these advances will remain the focus of healthcare in 2022. He says the areas of telehealth and digital health monitoring are expected to expand in new and emerging ways, with greater use in remote monitoring and behavioral health. CMS has even approved telemedicine for a number of new specialties, and digital health tools continue to gain traction among medical companies, drug manufacturers, providers and patients. It's a pretty interesting idea, given how technology has evolved over the years, providing unprecedented convenience for all. What's even more amazing is that these revolutionary upgrades continue to evolve year after year. The pandemic has clearly increased the need for capabilities outside the hospital setting. Patients with epilepsy or a possible diagnosis of epilepsy in general are a very vulnerable group of patients. Many of them have rare genetic diseases, especially in the pediatric population. Parents and caregivers, on the other hand, are very unwilling to put them at risk, so being able to access services at home is very important. Interestingly, CMS (Medicare) and the AMA, through the CPT code system, recognized the need for remote monitoring of long-term video EEG studies and created a new set of codes for these procedures, which was implemented on January 1, 2020, that is, before the pandemic began. These procedures are now performed in the patient's home, remotely monitored and supervised in most regions of the United States. I think one of the major trends in digital health, is the further development of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine. Healthcare organizations are increasingly adopting AI-based tools into their operations, and this will only grow as we move into the next year. The beauty of AI is that it can be used in a variety of medical scenarios. It could be anything from chatbots in customer service to helping diagnose cancer to making recommendations for combination therapies. The latter is not theoretical. AI-powered software is being used to scan millions of pathological images of various cancers to help diagnose and suggest anti-cancer drugs and immunotherapies. It's amazing how far these technologies have come. In retrospect, the potential of AI in medicine and health care is limitless. Healthcare and AI investments are expected to exceed $34 billion by 2025. This doesn't surprise me one bit, given all the benefits of AI. The operations, results and data we get from AI tend to be more accurate and cost-effective than those we get from humans. Obviously, AI can't do everything, but this technology can provide serious ancillary benefits. Digital medical companions will continue to become an important tool for patient monitoring, support, and behavioral tracking, while remaining socially remote because of the pandemic. Expect an intersection between medical care, medication monitoring, and health and wellness. The Apple Watch has already demonstrated this potential with heart rate and blood oxygen monitoring. The data from the devices will make support more personalized and user behavior-driven.