Digital Health

Over the last few decades the lives of almost every human have been touched by technology. Digital Health is the use of technologies and networks by all stakeholders (doctors, patients, scientists, payers and providers) to enhance collaboration and personalisation, and to reduce the cost of healthcare. Digital Health is an umbrella term which incorporates overlapping technologies and approaches including Health 2.0, Connected Health, eHealth, telehealth and mHealth.

Innovative digital solutions will transform healthcare, advance patient care and safety, improve chronic disease management, and enhance wellness and independence.

Innovative digital solutions will transform healthcare, advance patient care and safety, improve chronic disease management, and enhance wellness and independence. They will improve quality of life across the continuum of care whilst reducing healthcare costs.

The impact of digital health on healthcare systems is going to be wide as well as deep; some themes are begining to emerge say in the area of efficient use clincal resources using real time information mangement e.g applying DHL’s parcel tracking to hospital bed management or in the areas of chronic disease managment and preventive medicine where problems as well as interventions take place over long periods of time and are strogly linked to social and behavioral elements e.g. using SMS for weight management or using Facebook to address the issue of weight management.

Digital health is constantly evolving. It emerges from the combination of tools and technologies with more connected thinking around health and heathcare innovation. It can and should be applied across the spectrum of disease and care, from chronic to acute and from preventive to curative.

It is becoming clear that some globally applicable applications of digital health, particularly using mobile technologies, have reversed the established trend of developed countries leading in technology development. Being global seems to be a pre-requisite to being digital.

Some of the currently known forms of digital health are listed below, but as with any rapidly developing industry this list will always be incomplete.

  • Telehealth Systems
  • Therapeutic & Diagnostic Medical Devices
  • Remote Monitoring Devices
  • Mobile Health Applications
  • Secured Wireless Communication Medical Devices
  • Medication Monitoring Equipment
  • Mobile Health Devices
  • Medical Robotics
  • Personal Health Records
  • Communications Networks
  • Gaming for Health
  • ePrescriptions

Links:

1. Clinical Information Technologies and Inpatient Outcomes