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Fad or Trend? Rethinking the Sustainability of Connected Health

Version 1 : Received: 21 February 2020 / Approved: 24 February 2020 / Online: 24 February 2020 (02:41:44 CET)

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Chen, S. .-I.; Liu, C.; Hu, R. Fad or trend? Rethinking the Sustainability of Connected Health. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1775. Chen, S. .-I.; Liu, C.; Hu, R. Fad or trend? Rethinking the Sustainability of Connected Health. Sustainability 2020, 12, 1775.


Policymakers, academics, and industry players have been focused on determining whether connected health (CH) is a fad or a trend by looking at its sustainability. Although the significance of innovation in healthcare is gradually rising, a definitive identification and systematic comprehension of the core drivers, structure, content, and pattern of innovation in CH are missing. To bridge this gap, this study re-examines and analyses CH from the perspectives of its industrial chain and structure, to assess its future prospects and sustainability by focusing on how its structures and participants act in the ecosystem. This study involves an inductive theory building approach based on multi-stage, semi-structured interviews (n=60 in total). The results indicate that the core drivers, constituents, and components of CH need to be identified and restructured. A valid discourse, which is missing in the current literature, should be proposed with regard to the sustainability of CH. A sustainable business model innovation (BMI) system and the methods employed to achieve sustainability are suggested to discover indicators for future success. This study enriches the current CH understanding from a technology perspective and suggests some implications for practitioners as well as policymakers to enhance sustainable development in the healthcare sector.


sustainability; connected health; fad; trend; value; business model innovation; ageing society; telehealthcare; and Taiwan


Business, Economics and Management, Marketing

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