Gartner Research

Hype Cycle for Digital Care Delivery Including Telemedicine and Virtual Care, 2017

Published: 17 July 2017

ID: G00313826

Analyst(s): Thomas J. Handler, M.D. , Mike Jones


This Hype Cycle tracks the digital technologies and evolving concepts that have the greatest potential to transform the care delivery paradigm. We highlight maturity and adoption in order to assist healthcare CIOs in defining business strategies and prioritizing their investments.

Table Of Contents


  • What You Need to Know
  • The Hype Cycle
  • The Priority Matrix
  • Off the Hype Cycle
  • On the Rise
    • Next-Generation Nurse Call
    • Algorithmic Medicine
    • Digital Speech Analysis for Clinical Diagnoses
    • External Clinical Decision Support
    • Virtual Reality in Healthcare
    • AI-Enabled Diagnostic Imaging Interpretation
    • Precision Medicine
    • Clinical Automation
    • Healthcare Algorithmic Marketplace
    • Digital Clinical Encounters
    • Digital Telepathology
    • Enterprise Virtual Care Platform
    • Patient Decision Aids
    • Automated Informed Consent
    • Robotics-Assisted Telesurgery
    • Semantic Interoperability
  • At the Peak
    • E-Visits (Non-U.S.)
    • Consumer-Grade Wearables for Digital Care Delivery
    • AI Healthcare Advisors
    • Eldercare-Assistive Robots
    • Population Health Management Solutions
    • Genomics Medicine
    • Medication Compliance Management
    • PHI Consent Management
  • Sliding Into the Trough
    • EHR/Megasuite Support of Virtual Care
    • Personal Health Management Tools
    • On-Demand Virtual Visits
    • OpenNotes
    • Generation 3 Enterprise EHR Systems (Non-U.S.)
    • Remote Medical Monitoring
    • Stand-Alone Telemedicine Solutions
    • Healthcare Interoperability
  • Entering the Plateau
    • Patient Portals
  • Appendixes
    • Hype Cycle Phases, Benefit Ratings and Maturity Levels

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