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The Future is Digital Healthcare

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Summary

The use of digital technologies has accelerated almost overnight due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with healthcare providers and patients finding new and innovative, socially-distanced ways to deliver and receive services. This article explores the current digital health landscape, assesses its benefits, discusses some challenges to its continued widespread adoption, and addresses what is on the horizon for digital healthcare. Highlights

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the use of digital technology in healthcare was on a steady rise; however, the pandemic has spurred rapid development of digital health technology as well as rapid adoption and utilization of that technology in the industry. This trajectory isn’t surprising. Digital health holds the promise of increased accessibility to high-quality, patient-centered care that can also increase patient engagement and reduce costs. However, the full realization of this promise may be threatened by policy and regulation that is failing to keep pace with and encourage this evolution. What is Digital Health?

There is no universally accepted definition of digital health. In fact, researchers studying the definition recently came across no fewer than 95 published definitions for the concept of digital health. 1 There were, however, some clear patterns: there is an emphasis on how […]

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