As we are seeing and experiencing, digital health—the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society—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 illustrating the essential elements of digital health, underlying lexicon, plus use cases and opportunities for improving our health.
The essential elements of the digital health revolution include wireless devices, hardware sensors and software sensing technologies, microprocessors and integrated circuits, the Internet, social networking, mobile and body area networks, health information technology, genomics, and personal genetic information.
The underlying lexicon of Digital Health is extensive and includes all or elements of mHealth (aka Mobile Health), Wireless Health, Health 2.0, eHealth, Health IT, Big Data, Health Data, Cloud Computing, e-Patients, Quantified Self and Self-tracking, Wearable Computing, Gamification, Telehealth & Telemedicine, Precision and Personalized Medicine, plus Connected Health.
Also, here are some other entities that have put forth 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“