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Last Posted: Apr 12, 2024
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International perspectives on measuring national digital public health system maturity through a multidisciplinary Delphi study
L Ma et al, NPJ Digital Medicine, April 12, 2024

From the abstract: "Unlocking the full potential of digital public health (DiPH) systems requires a comprehensive tool to assess their maturity. While the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunication Union released a toolkit in 2012 covering various aspects of digitalizing national healthcare systems, a holistic maturity assessment tool has been lacking ever since. To bridge this gap, we conducted a pioneering Delphi study, to which 54 experts from diverse continents and academic fields actively contributed to at least one of three rounds. 54 experts participated in developing and rating multidisciplinary quality indicators to measure the maturity of national digital public health systems. "

Improved measurement of disease progression in people living with early Parkinson's disease using digital health technologies.
Matthew D Czech et al. Commun Med (Lond) 2024 3 (1) 49

From the abstract: "Digital health technologies show promise for improving the measurement of Parkinson’s disease in clinical research and trials. However, it is not clear whether digital measures demonstrate enhanced sensitivity to disease progression compared to traditional measurement approaches. We develop a wearable sensor-based digital algorithm for deriving features of upper and lower-body bradykinesia and evaluate the sensitivity of digital measures to 1-year longitudinal progression using data from the WATCH-PD study, a multicenter, observational digital assessment study in participants with early, untreated Parkinson’s disease. "

Genetics Adviser: The development and usability testing of a new patient digital health application to support clinical genomic testing.
M CLausen et al, Genetics in Med Open, January 24, 2024

From the abstract: " Increasing demand for genomic testing coupled with genetics workforce shortages has placed unsustainable pressure on standard models of care. Digital tools can offer improved access, efficiency, and cost savings. We created a patient-facing digital health application to support genomic testing. We developed the digital application through user-centered design, guided by an advisory board. We tested its usability and acceptability with patients, practitioners and members of the general public using mixed methods."

A digital health algorithm to guide antibiotic prescription in pediatric outpatient care: a cluster randomized controlled trial.
Rainer Tan et al. Nat Med 2023 12

From the abstract: "Excessive antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance are major global public health threats. We developed ePOCT+, a digital clinical decision support algorithm in combination with C-reactive protein test, hemoglobin test, pulse oximeter and mentorship, to guide health-care providers in managing acutely sick children under 15?years old. To evaluate the impact of ePOCT+ compared to usual care, we conducted a cluster randomized controlled trial in primary care facilities. The use of ePOCT+ in intervention facilities resulted in a reduction in the coprimary outcome of antibiotic prescription compared to usual care (23.2% versus 70.1%, adjusted difference -46.4%, 95% confidence interval (CI) -57.6 to -35.2). "

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