What Is Digital Health?

One of the most far-reaching trends in the healthcare industry right now is digital health. What is digital health? It is a broad array of technologies including mobile health (mHealth), health information technology (IT), wearable devices, telehealth and telemedicine services, and personalized medicine.

Digitial health holds the promise for radically changing the healthcare landscape as we know it. And it presents a tremendous opportunity for investors.

Multiple technologies, one overriding goal

Although the list of technologies included in the scope of digital health is quite broad, several are tightly interlinked. Mobile health (mHealth) is the delivery of healthcare services via mobile communication devices. It plays right into the concept of telehealth and telemedicine, which involves providing healthcare services remotely through telecommunications technology. And wearable devices fit right into this concept as well.

Health information technology (HIT) also ties in with these technologies. HIT includes electronic health records, personal health records, and e-prescribing — plus any other technology for storing, sharing, and analyzing health information.

Personalized medicine, on the other hand, might seem to be an odd fit with the others. It involves the use of information about an individual’s genetic profile and environment to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease.

However, all of these technologies share one overriding goal. Their purpose is to use technology to improve healthcare, whether it’s through reducing inefficiencies and cost or by increasing access and quality.

By Keith Speights | Fox Business

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the orthopedic industry. Recognized by MedReps.com as one of the top medical sales influencers in the industry; he has 10 years of combined sales management experience and has held positions as a Director, General Manager and Distributor. Peter has worked for some of the top orthopedic companies in the world - Zimmer, DePuy and Stryker. He is also the founder of OrthoFeed: a popular blog that covers orthopedic news and emerging medical technologies. Peter is a three-time Hall of Fame award winner at Johnson and Johnson and has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, digital marketing and professional education. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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