Digital Health Research

Digital health, the convergence of healthcare, health, digital technologies and the internet to improve and personalize healthcare delivery, is expanding access to care and promoting health and wellbeing for many Americans. Digital health can be broadly divided into 5 categories. Mobile health (mHealth) refers to mobile apps that can be used to educate patients and help them manage chronic diseases. Information technology (IT) involves the secure storage and sharing of health information, including electronic health records (EHRs). Wearable devices are used to consistently monitor vital signs or other health activity of users. Telehealth can connect patients and physicians remotely via the internet, and personalized medicine uses healthcare technologies such as genome sequencing to customize treatment options for patients. Federally-funded research has not only fueled the development of digital health technologies, but has made use of these technologies to improve health care delivery and health outcomes for everyone from newborns to patients living with opioid addiction.  

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For more information:
The Future Role of Government in Digital Health
Opioid Addiction Factsheet
Project ECHO


How important is it for the federal government to support research and innovation that will personalize patient care - developing the right treatment for the right patient at the right time?

How likely are you to use technology such as apps, phones and monitoring devices to share your personal health data for clinical research?



Source: A Research!America survey of U.S. adults conducted in partnership with Zogby Analytics in January 2018. Source: A Research!America survey of U.S. adults conducted in partnership with Zogby Analytics in July 2017.


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