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This conception promotes the use of new technologies in pursuit of the improvement of healthcare. This fast-developing sector encloses everything from mobile health applications based on artificial intelligence to robotic caretakers and electronic records. Simply put, digital health is about the implementation of digital transformation through modern technologies and cultural changes in the healthcare sector.

Digital health – what is it?

This concept allows for the creation of systems that offer better monitoring and management for people with chronic diseases. Also, offers not only tools for checking and controlling their lifestyle but helps to improve medical management. Digital tools allow for the storage of significant amounts of data, concerning various indicators of the therapy. This information can be easily shared directly with the doctors for the analysis and adjustment of the therapy. The field of digital health entails:

  • Mobile Health (MHealth)
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Telemedicine 
  • Personalized medicine

Digital tools not only show high potential for improving our ability to diagnose and treat certain diseases but also give promising perspectives for the general improvement of healthcare. Tools that are available through digital health give healthcare providers a complementary view of patients' health. Very often in real-time therefore making it possible to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of treatment.

The use of digital products

Digital technologies allow patients for more informed decisions concerning their own health and provide multiple options that make prevention. Products that are part of the digital health family can significantly improve patients' safety. Thanks to a constant connection that enables dynamic therapy modifications and adjustments. Patients and consumers use digital technologies to organize and manage all activities linked with health and well being while providers use them to:

  • Reduce costs
  • Enhance accessibility 
  • Improve efficiency 
  • Improve quality and personalization

Read more: Value Based Healthcare – what are the benefits?

Possible shortcomings

To be efficient this concept should be used by as many people as possible. In all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and types of therapies – the greater diversity the better. However, currently, digital health is mainly used by people who are more wealthy and relatively dextrous. Not a large and diverse part of the population. It is also thought that most people who are using digital tools are not suffering from long-lasting health problems. Simply want to remain in good condition. What is more the larger the amount of medicalized digital products the more apparent is the fear of inadequate readings that result in unnecessary medical actions or lack of them when they are needed.

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