Wearable Digital Health Technology
SH Friend et al, NEJM, November 29, 2023
From the article: " Increasingly, wearables are being used by medical professionals to provide clinical data on their patients and for their patients. This digital health technology (DHT) that is worn by patients and connected through mobile apps or personal digital assistants can be used for disease monitoring, diagnostics, alerts, or other clinical care services. "
Strengthening digital health equity by balancing techno-optimism and techno-skepticism through implementation science.
Jorge A Rodriguez et al. NPJ Digit Med 2023 11 (1) 203
From the abstract: " The promise that technology can revolutionize care by better connecting us to our patients, overcoming analog barriers to care, and addressing health disparities is grounded in “techno-optimism.” We advocate for organizational leaders to inform their digital health equity strategies with a balanced measure of “techno-skepticism”, grounded in implementation science, that can ensure alignment between health technology and health equity.
Digital health tools in genomics: Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion
D Assamad et al, Public Health Genomics, November 2023
From the paper: "Patient-facing digital genomic tools are increasingly being used to facilitate the delivery of genetics services including patient intake, phenotyping, education, counseling, and result reporting. A recent systematic review found that digital tools improved the workflow of genetics providers and service efficiencies. Existing data on patient experiences also demonstrate high acceptance of pre-test digital tools across various contexts, with most
patients endorsing and expressing high levels of satisfaction with these tools. However, a closer examination of digital genomic tools reveals a concerning lack of consideration for diversity,
equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles in their design, evaluation, and implementation within health systems [ "
Prevalence and course of pregnancy symptoms using self-reported pregnancy app symptom tracker data
M Nissen et al, NPJ Digital Medicine, October 11, 2023
From the abstract: "We report real-world evidence from patient-reported outcomes that exceeds previous works: 1,549,186 tracked symptoms from 183,732 users of a smartphone pregnancy app symptom tracker are analyzed. The majority of users track symptoms on a single day. These data are generalizable to those users who use the tracker for at least 5 months. Week-by-week symptom report data are presented for each symptom. "