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Digital Health Care Industry Ecosystem: Network Analysis

HumanInsight Digital Health Care Industry Ecosystem: Network Analysis

J Med Internet Res. 2022 Aug 17;24(8):e37622. doi: 10.2196/37622.


BACKGROUND: As the need for digital health care based on mobile devices is increasing, with the rapid development of digital technologies, especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, gaining a better understanding of the industrial structure is needed to activate the use of digital health care.

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to suggest measures to revitalize the digital health care industry by deriving the stakeholders and major issues with respect to the ecosystem of the industry.

METHODS: A total of 1822 newspaper articles were collected using Big Kings, a big data system for news, for a limited period from 2016 to August 2021, when the mobile health care project was promoted in Korea centered on public health centers. The R and NetMiner programs were used for network analysis.

RESULTS: The Korean government and the Ministry of Health and Welfare showed the highest centrality and appeared as major stakeholders, and their common major issues were "reviewing the introduction of telemedicine," "concerns about bankruptcy of local clinics," and "building an integrated platform for precision medicine." In addition, the major stakeholders of medical institutions and companies were Seoul National University Hospital, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Ajou University Hospital, Samsung, and Vuno Inc.

CONCLUSIONS: This analysis confirmed that the issues related to digital health care are largely composed of telemedicine, data, and health care business. For digital health care to develop as a national innovative growth engine and to be institutionalized, the development of a digital health care fee model that can improve the regulatory system and the cost-effectiveness of patient care, centering on the Ministry of Health and Welfare as a key stakeholder, is essential.

PMID:35976690 | DOI:10.2196/37622

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