Outside the hospital: remote cancer monitoring with appsCase study 4 of 4 on „Digitalizing healthcare“ trends, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit 

8. 12. 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the reorganization of healthcare delivery systems emphasizing the use of digital tools that allow physicians to provide care outside the hospital setting. Chronic disease monitoring apps are not new tools, but like other digital technologies, their acceptance has increased during the pandemic.
This case study explores the benefits of connecting care teams and patients through mobile apps with the example of cancer apps. Learn how cancer monitoring apps support the documentation of patient reported outcomes and the potential they have to improve personalized care - and perhaps even cancer survival rates. This case study also investigates regulatory and organizational challenges when implementing digital apps and increasing their utilization acceptance.

This article is part of a series that presents original insights based on exclusive research and interviews with global healthcare leaders. Complementing this, Siemens Healthineers has analyzed survey data, prepared by The Economist Intelligence Unit, to assess the current progress of healthcare digitalization. Find "Who are the leaders in digital health and what can we learn from them in times of COVID-19" as well as further case studies here.


Healthcare delivery has been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic and digitalization has become a key component transforming the healthcare landscape. In order to make this digital transformation sustainable even after the pandemic, we believe that four steps are essential for building a digital healthcare enterprise. Learn more.