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DIGITAL HEALTH Digital health is a broad and extraordinarily exciting and rapidly evolving topic of interest that gives us an eye toward the future of healthcare. It is a complex, evolving topic. Good Start for Getting to Know What Digital Health is All About So what, more precisely, are today’s digital health best practices? A good place to start for answers to such questions can be found in a paper  titled “Digital health is a cultural transformation of traditional healthcare,” written by a group of medical professionals from Budapest Hungary, published in the journal mHealth. Bertalan Meskó, PhD, is the lead author. The mHealth publication is one of several relatively new open access, peer-reviewed journals that “publishes articles that describe new findings in the field of use of mobile technologies to improve public health, particularly in underserved populations; health research, training, and education applications; and delivery systems around the world.” Meskó is a leading globally recognized authority on digital health who is director of a team that publishes The Medical Futurist.  Meskó’s excellent and creatively designed website features many interesting and eye- opening articles (and much more) that explain what’s really going on in this field, including numerous stories about many of the newest digital health-oriented devices, software applications, digital monitors, lab tests, etc. that he has tried out himself. Consumers and healthcare experts alike can find a motherload of highly useful information at The Medical Futurist. Some Additional Terms Related to Digital Health mHealth as a word means mobile health. It is defined by TechTarget as  “a general term for the use of mobile phones and other wireless technology in medical care. The most common application of mHealth is the use of mobile devices to educate consumers about preventive healthcare services. However, mHealth is also used for disease surveillance, treatment support, epidemic outbreak tracking and chronic disease management.” Telehealth is another word that often comes into play when discussing digital health, and it is defined by Tech Target as “the transmission of health-related services or information over the telecommunications infrastructure. The term covers both telemedicine, which includes remote patient monitoring, and non-clinical elements of the healthcare system, such as education.” Some of the other terms bandied about regarding digital health include eHealth and Health IT – making the entire field confusing at times. When you apply digital health, mhealth, and telehealth, along with all their numerous subcategories, such as precision medicine, genomic testing, electronc health record systems, sensors, wearables, and more, to prognosticating the future of healthcare, diagnostics, medicine, surgery, etc., the information field grows broad and wide. I try to narrow all this down to viable and authoritative resources I have thus far discovered that can help patients, doctors and caregivers get a keener understanding of where all this is heading. As I continue to discover more cogent and informative resources, I will publish links to them, with brief abstracts, in this section of Old Anima. So, this is a work in progress that will continue to grow.  Additionally, links to relevant digital health articles are posted in the monthly Old Anima eNews. So, if this is a topic that interests you, I strongly suggest you subscribe . Plus, the Old Anima interesting products section highlights a good number of products that can fall under the digital health category. Links to Various Digital Health Resources (in progress and in no particular order - much more to come soon): The Medical Futurist – This is my number-one, go-to resource on digital health. Provides context about digital health to help patients, physicians, and policy-makers to get the most out of technological changes. Has no corporate affiliation, and claims to produce free, unbiased content, opinion and research. mHealth - An international, open access, peer- reviewed online journal indexed by PubMed/PubMed Central with coverage on clinical telemedicine practice, advances in health technology, health services research, highlights of emerging products, public health implications of health technology, health policy and regulation and management of health care systems and other related fields. Medgadget - Since 2004, Medgadget has been reporting on medical technology from around the world. They cover the latest medical devices and approvals, technology breakthroughs and discoveries, conduct exclusive interviews with med tech leaders, and file reports from healthcare conferences. MobiHealthNews - The “publication of record for digital health,” providing news, analysis, and data to innovators at provider groups, payers, pharma companies, tech and venture capital firms as well as startups. HealthTech - Explores technology and healthcare issues — and shares success stories — relevant to IT leaders and managers at healthcare and senior care organizations evaluating and implementing solutions. FDA Digital Health Action Plan - Outlines the FDA’s efforts to reimagine its approach to ensure all Americans have timely access to high-quality, safe and effective digital health products. Health Affairs – Journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization.  HIMSS  - A global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology. HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. mHealthIntelligence.com - (published by Xtelligent Healthcare Media) provides the latest news, featured stories, and emerging trends in mhealth, telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, and connected health for providers. 360Dx - Launched in 2016, covers emerging economic and technological trends in the clinical diagnostic market. Its dedicated online newsroom tracks the biggest players in the diagnostics market and reports on regulatory, reimbursement, and policy issues that impact the commercial operations of clinical labs. GenomeWeb  - An independent online news organization based in New York. Since 1997, GenomeWeb has served the global community of scientists, technology professionals, and executives who use and develop the latest advanced tools in molecular biology research and molecular diagnostics. BMJ Open  - An online, open access journal, dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas. The journal publishes all research study types, from protocols through phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small, specialist studies, and negative studies. MedPageToday  - Source for clinical and policy coverage that directly affects the lives and practices of health care professionals. Physicians and other healthcare professionals may also receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education (CE) credits at no cost for participating in MedPage Today-offered educational activities. HIT Consultant  - Source of healthcare technology news, analysis and insights for healthcare executives, physicians and providers. Content provides editorial insights on health IT, EHRs, population health management, digital health, telehealth, accountable care, patient engagement and startups. NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine – Published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, featuring numerous resources related to the acceleration of bio- medical discovery and data- powered health. SearchHealthIT.com -  The healthcare technology professional’s how-to guide to the IT-enabled healthcare organization. Brings you free news, analysis, and resources that provide insights into crucial trends in healthcare. American Medical Association – Membership organization that promotes the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. 
“Fundamentally, the answers to our challenges in healthcare relies in engaging and empowering the individual.” - Elizabeth Holmes
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DIGITAL HEALTH Digital health is a broad and extraordinarily exciting and rapidly evolving topic of interest that gives us an eye toward the future of healthcare. It is a complex, evolving topic. Good Start for Getting to Know What Digital Health is All About So what, more precisely, are today’s digital health best practices? A good place to start for answers to such questions can be found in a paper titled “Digital health is a cultural transformation of traditional healthcare,” written by a group of medical professionals from Budapest Hungary, published in the journal mHealth. Bertalan Meskó, PhD, is the lead author. The mHealth publication is one of several relatively new open access, peer-reviewed journals that “publishes articles that describe new findings in the field of use of mobile technologies to improve public health, particularly in underserved populations; health research, training, and education applications; and delivery systems around the world.” Meskó is a leading globally recognized authority on digital health who is director of a team that publishes The Medical Futurist.  Meskó’s excellent and creatively designed website features many interesting and eye-opening articles (and much more) that explain what’s really going on in this field, including numerous stories about many of the newest digital health-oriented devices, software applications, digital monitors, lab tests, etc. that he has tried out himself. Consumers and healthcare experts alike can find a motherload of highly useful information at The Medical Futurist. Some Additional Terms Related to Digital Health mHealth as a word means mobile health. It is defined by TechTarget as  “a general term for the use of mobile phones and other wireless technology in medical care. The most common application of mHealth is the use of mobile devices to educate consumers about preventive healthcare services. However, mHealth is also used for disease surveillance, treatment support, epidemic outbreak tracking and chronic disease management.” Telehealth is another word that often comes into play when discussing digital health, and it is defined by Tech Target as “the transmission of health-related services or information over the telecommunications infrastructure. The term covers both telemedicine, which includes remote patient monitoring, and non- clinical elements of the healthcare system, such as education.” Some of the other terms bandied about regarding digital health include eHealth and Health IT – making the entire field confusing at times. When you apply digital health, mhealth, and telehealth, along with all their numerous subcategories, such as precision medicine, genomic testing, electronc health record systems, sensors, wearables, and more, to prognosticating the future of healthcare, diagnostics, medicine, surgery, etc., the information field grows broad and wide. I try to narrow all this down to viable and authoritative resources I have thus far discovered that can help patients, doctors and caregivers get a keener understanding of where all this is heading. As I continue to discover more cogent and informative resources, I will publish links to them, with brief abstracts, in this section of Old Anima. So, this is a work in progress that will continue to grow.  Additionally, links to relevant digital health articles are posted in the monthly Old Anima eNews. So, if this is a topic that interests you, I strongly suggest you subscribe . Plus, the Old Anima interesting products section  highlights a good number of products that can fall under the digital health category. Articles by George Related to Digital Health: Should You Get a Nutrigenomic Test? Online Symptom Checkers and DIY Lab Tests: Pros and Cons Links to Various Digital Health Resources (in progress and in no particular order - much more to come soon): The Medical Futurist – This is my number-one, go-to resource on digital health. Provides context about digital health to help patients, physicians, and policy- makers to get the most out of technological changes. Has no corporate affiliation, and claims to produce free, unbiased content, opinion and research. mHealth - An international, open access, peer- reviewed online journal indexed by PubMed/PubMed Central with coverage on clinical telemedicine practice, advances in health technology, health services research, highlights of emerging products, public health implications of health technology, health policy and regulation and management of health care systems and other related fields. Medgadget - Since 2004, Medgadget has been reporting on medical technology from around the world. They cover the latest medical devices and approvals, technology breakthroughs and discoveries, conduct exclusive interviews with med tech leaders, and file reports from healthcare conferences. MobiHealthNews - The “publication of record for digital health,” providing news, analysis, and data to innovators at provider groups, payers, pharma companies, tech and venture capital firms as well as startups. For nearly 10 years, MobiHealthNews has identified and contextualized the emerging trends in digital health helping its readers shape what's next in healthcare. HealthTech - Explores technology and healthcare issues — and shares success stories — relevant to IT leaders and managers at healthcare and senior care organizations evaluating and implementing solutions. FDA Digital Health Action Plan - Outlines the FDA’s efforts to reimagine its approach to ensure all Americans have timely access to high-quality, safe and effective digital health products. Health Affairs – Journal of health policy thought and research. The peer-reviewed journal was founded in 1981 under the aegis of Project HOPE, a nonprofit international health education organization.  HIMSS  - A global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology. HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. mHealthIntelligence.com - (published by Xtelligent Healthcare Media) provides the latest news, featured stories, and emerging trends in mhealth, telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, and connected health for providers. 360Dx - Launched in 2016, covers emerging economic and technological trends in the clinical diagnostic market. Its dedicated online newsroom tracks the biggest players in the diagnostics market and reports on regulatory, reimbursement, and policy issues that impact the commercial operations of clinical labs. GenomeWeb  - An independent online news organization based in New York. Since 1997, GenomeWeb has served the global community of scientists, technology professionals, and executives who use and develop the latest advanced tools in molecular biology research and molecular diagnostics. BMJ Open  - An online, open access journal, dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas. The journal publishes all research study types, from protocols through phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small, specialist studies, and negative studies. MedPageToday  - Source for clinical and policy coverage that directly affects the lives and practices of health care professionals. Physicians and other healthcare professionals may also receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education (CE) credits at no cost for participating in MedPage Today-offered educational activities. HIT Consultant  - Source of healthcare technology news, analysis and insights for healthcare executives, physicians and providers. Content provides editorial insights on health IT, EHRs, population health management, digital health, telehealth, accountable care, patient engagement and startups. NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine – Published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, featuring numerous resources related to the acceleration of bio-medical discovery and data- powered health. SearchHealthIT.com -  The healthcare technology professional’s how-to guide to the IT-enabled healthcare organization. Brings you free news, analysis, and resources that provide insights into crucial trends in healthcare. American Medical Association – Membership organization that promotes the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.  
“Fundamentally, the answers to our challenges in healthcare relies in engaging and empowering the individual.” - Elizabeth Holmes