What is digital health? Digital health is mainframe turned mobile, and it hit its cardinal stride in the crosswalk between technology and medicine. Now, its everywhere
From sensors to apps to platforms, most of the wireless tools that aim to make you healthier fall under the digital health umbrella. Sometimes referred to as mHealth, mobile health, eHealth, telemedicine, connected health, telehealth, health IT, wireless health, and health 2.0, the categories that best and most comprehensively define the digital health domain are:
Personal health tools and tracking
Data / analytics
Consumer health engagement
What is the goal of digital health?
The digital health charge is to use modern technology to improve population level health outcomes by solving clinical and systemic problems. This objective can take many forms, from addressing inefficiencies in the healthcare system to refining the patient/provider interfaces with health information systems. The long-range goal is to connect disparate components of the healthcare establishment in an effort to improve clinical quality and safety while also expanding the reach of preventative health outside of traditional healthcare settings. As medicine moves beyond its relatively siloed clinical walls and extends itself into consumer smartphones and tablets, patients are increasingly accessing health information and managing their health from the comfort of their homes, cars, and workplaces. With smartphone penetration at an all-time high, this shift presents a rich opportunity to touch patient lives in unparalleled ways.