We released a new whitepaper – Digital Health: Now and Next – that outlines a framework to clearly delineate digital health solutions that are grounded in clinical evidence and categorized as SaMD (software as a medical device). These solutions are very different from commercially available consumer wellness apps, which can include anything from sleep trackers to fitness apps.
Regulators and health authorities have played a crucial role thus far in advancing digital health to enable consumers to engage in their own care, while signaling to the industry what is safe and effective and what is not. Our whitepaper suggests more could and should be done to establish the proper foundation for digital health adoption to accelerate innovation and value realization.
In response to COVID-19, virtual care adoption hit a tipping point, but the pandemic also unearthed foundational weaknesses in our care delivery system. To make digital health solutions work operationally and at scale, the solutions must support the whole-person journey through education, engagement, and empowerment. Recognizing that healthcare organizations are currently strategizing on how to scale digital health beyond the COVID-19 emergency, we presented six key tenets of digital health in our whitepaper:
Care delivery models and technologies must rely on trust so that patients and healthcare organizations know their data is safe and secure.
Solutions should meet best-in-class usability standards, including having ergonomic designs that will account for users’ different levels of dexterity, different ages, and different demographics; solutions must be flexible and configurable for users.
Solutions must easily and seamlessly connect to data sources and devices without imposing added burden to care teams or consumers. Users should be able to pair any device – from activity trackers to devices such as blood glucose meters, blood pressure monitors and weight scales.
In an environment where systems and data exist in silos, it’s crucial that clinical decision support (CDS) systems are seamlessly integrated into the care team’s workflow. Integration assists with decision making, improves the practice of evidence-based medicine, and reduces provider burden.
Artificial Intelligence enablement
With the crucial addition of artificial intelligence (AI), we can also move beyond insights, tracking patterns, and making correlations between behaviors or actions the person takes in their trajectory toward good health. From the medicines people take, to if and when they forget, to their daily activities, their food choices, or their health incidents, AI can help individuals and their care teams better manage day-to-day health.
Digital health solutions represent the most promise for managing the health of at-risk populations. Digital health solutions can scale—in ways that human intervention alone cannot—by reaching, communicating with, and influencing vast numbers of people more quickly, efficiently, and effectively.
Download our whitepaper today to learn more about the 6 tenets of digital health.