Healthcare Research Symposium on Christmas Eve

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Research symposium, held for the second time in 2015, has already turned into a good tradition. Bazis Group leading analysts gathered on Chistmas eve to discuss hot topics in Medical and Healthcare research.

Making healthcare mobile
Ekaterina presented the results of PWC study that covers the Canadian society attitudes to healthcare services future development and healthcare virtualization. Respondents feel that new trends are coming. Different channels like email communication with doctor, virtual self-assessment with apps and virtual “care” would be definitely used by many patients if they were available today.

The French Paradoxes
Anna turned her attention to healthcare in France. Scientists from different countries try to understand “The French Paradox”: why French people eat unhealthy food and have one of the longest life expectancy in the world. Kristina Orfali did not try to find the reason of this fact. She demonstrated that “The French Paradox” ceased in the 21 century, as traditional life style does not fit the changed conditions.

Transforming Medicine via Digital Innovation
Until recently the ways in which diseases were monitored and treated remained relatively static, as observed by Anna Shevalova. The lack of plasticity of the health care system was challenged by new technology. The current decade is promising for changing the medicine and will probably become the era of digital medical devices.

Wearable Technology
PwC’s Health Research Institute and Consumer Intelligence Series shed light on the American consumers’ attitudes and behaviors toward wearable technology amid rapid growth in the health industry. It is noted that the US market of wearable technology continues to develop, regardless of the fact that only 21% of Americans currently own a wearable and only 10% among them wear it every day. The high price, concern that they won’t actually use it and privacy remain the consumer’s biggest hesitations. For keeping consumers interest will need to provide more than just data but useful insights and be interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven.

Work Stress and Health
Work stress has proved to harmfully impact one’s health causing coronary heart disease and even light psychiatric disorders. However, research has found a return connection, stating that general health problems, bad diet and bad habits (such as smoking) lead to a higher risk of stress exposure.