Consumer technology is a “true game-changer for health,” American Heart Association Chief Executive Nancy Brown said Friday at the 13th Annual Partners Connected Health Symposium in Boston.

As patients and consumers take increasingly active roles in their heart and brain health through mobile technology, the relationship between consumers and their health is changing in a way that “10 years ago we could never have imagined.”

She said the shifts include:

    • Interest in patients’ greatest health aspirations instead of greatest health concerns.
    • The health industry looking at ways to help a patient live life more fully
    • The overall ability to connect people to improve their health
    • Collaboration now occurring between experts, doctors, health providers and technology.

The global mobile health technology marketplace was worth $2.4 billion in revenues in 2013 and is projected to be worth $21.5 billion in revenues in 2018.

In closing, Brown, who was keynote speaker at the event, invited attendees to engage with the AHA and “help change the future of health for good by empowering consumers to take charge of their own health.”