Episode 1

The healthcare data explosion

Play ButtonStart Watching

Read The Article

Key Points

  • Healthcare is pivoting from treatment to prevention
  • Healthcare is generating the world’s largest volume of data
  • Healthcare and tech are converging to innovate wearables
Share This Article 

The Convergence of Healthcare and Technology

A digital revolution in healthcare is happening right now around the world. There’s been an explosion of data in every facet of our lives, with no end in sight. And data management will become an even bigger asset as healthcare companies face new challenges brought on by a global pandemic. Healthcare data is fueling a remarkable transformation — from healthcare to health, from treatment to prevention. 

Humans are being digitized through new devices, apps and monitoring technologies, which are tracking, analyzing and storing this massive amount of data. The smart phone in your pocket is a prime example along with cloud computing, AI and the wearable on your wrist. Together, the data generated from these technologies is creating what’s been dubbed as an individual’s “data-ome.” All of which is setting the stage for a battle to access and utilize the digital representation of the world’s health and wellness.

“It’s a battle to access and utilize the digital representation of the world’s health and wellness.”

- Andrew Callaway


A Healthy Outlook for Data

Every second, an exponential amount of healthcare data is generated and mined for valuable insights. Today, approximately 30% of the world’s data volume is being generated by the healthcare industry. By 2025, the compound annual growth rate of data for healthcare will reach 36%. That’s 6% faster than manufacturing, 10% faster than financial services, and 11% faster than media & entertainment.

Similar to this

It’s easy to see why data is driving healthcare. Humans are expected to reach more than 1,400 digital device interactions per person per day by the end of 2020, and nearly 5,000 in just five years. Much of that promises to be healthcare related.

“Healthcare technology will, one day very soon, literally touch us all on a daily basis.”

- Greg Wiederrecht, Ph.D.


New Innovations Bring New Possibilities

From earbuds that can measure your core temperature, to socks that can monitor a baby’s heart rate, to a sports bra that can detect cancer, it’s certain that healthcare technology will, one day very soon, literally touch us all on a daily basis. As consumer wearables increasingly converge with medical technology, the rise of comfortable, patient-friendly devices will increase customer compliance and improve data collection. The next advancements will do more than just collect data, but also suggest solutions and provide treatment. From a tiny ring that promotes deeper sleep to insoles that help improve your stride, technology is quickly personalizing healthcare at a massive scale.

$15-Trillion Quest for Wellness

People are living longer. Populations in emerging markets are exploding. Drug development costs are skyrocketing. These are just a few drivers of exponential growth in healthcare. In fact, the global healthcare budget will be an estimated and astounding $15 trillion by 2030.1 Digital health brings together a vast amount of industries that include genomics, ingestibles and implantables, wearables, sensors, retailers, social media, AI, analytics, clinical data and electronic health records just to name a few.


1 Source: Where healthcare’s big data actually comes from. https://www.techemergence.com/where-healthcares-big-data-actually-comes-from. Clin Chem Lab Med 57: 328-335 (2018). PwC "Driving the Future of Health" (2019). www.strategyand.pwc.com/report/future-of-health.

Stay Informed

Get the latest insights from RBC Capital Markets delivered to your inbox.