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 use cases and opportunities for improving our health.
“What is Digital Health?” (2013) — 2 minutes long
“What is Digital Health?” provides a simple definition for digital health. 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 for “What is Digital Health?”
I’m often asked “What is Digital Health?”
In simple terms, digital health is the convergence of both the digital and genetics revolutions with health and healthcare.
The essential elements of digital health 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 simply the digital/and or health-related elements of: mHealth (also known as Mobile Health), Wireless Health, Health 2.0, eHealth, Health IT , Big Data, Health Data, Cloud Computing, ePatients, Quantified Self and Self-tracking, Wearable Computing, Gamification, Telehealth & Telemedicine, Precision Medicine and Personalized Medicine, plus Connected Health.
As we are seeing and experiencing, digital health is empowering us to better track, manage, and improve our own and our family’s health.
Digital health is also helping to make healthcare delivery more efficient, improve access, reduce costs, increase quality, and make medicine much more personalized and precise.
This is an incredibly exciting time. I encourage you to learn more about digital health, try for yourself any of the many solutions available to consumers and healthcare workers, and catalyze the digital health revolution.
“The Story of Digital Health (Part 1)” (2013) — 6 minutes long
In this video I expand upon the definition video and provide an analogy for digital health in addition to providing use cases and opportunities. Transcript available here.