My Definition of Digital Health
Digital health is the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society. As we are seeing and experiencing, digital health is empowering us to better track, manage, and improve our own and our family’s health, live better, more productive lives, and improve society. It’s also helping to reduce inefficiencies in healthcare delivery, improve access, reduce costs, increase quality, and make medicine more personalized and precise.
I created two animated videos—“What is Digital Health?” and “The Story of Digital Health (Part 1)“—illustrating the essential elements of digital health, underlying lexicon, plus example use cases and opportunities for improving our health.
“What is Digital Health?” (2013) — 2 minutes long
‘What is Digital Health?‘ is from 2013, and I’ve since updated the definition by swapping out ‘Genetics Revolution’ with ‘Genomic Revolution’, which is more accurate. Also, I’ve added that the impact of the Digital Revolution extends beyond Health and Healthcare to Living and Society. These four elements are intricately linked to our health. Transcript available here.
“The Story of Digital Health (Part 1)” (2013) — 6 minutes long
In ‘The Story of Digital Health (Part 1)‘, also created in 2013, I expand upon the definition video and provide an analogy for digital health in addition to providing use cases and opportunities. Transcript available here.
Also, here are some other entities that, subsequent to my definition and promulgation of it, have put forth their own definitions for digital health or have pages focused on it:
- United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Digital Health page. Note that their definition is almost verbatim with mine, particularly on the benefits
- United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) “Five Questions You Can Ask Your Doctor about Digital Health“