Addressing healthcare challenges with digital solution creation, validation, dissemination, and implementation
We, at the Digital Technology Innovation (DTI) Program, evaluate and advance knowledge around the rapidly growing area of digital health and digital transformation, broadly defined as the use of technology to improve health and wellness. Digital health technologies cover a gamut of solutions such as wearable devices, a range of sensors, virtual reality, mobile health apps, patient-reported data, smartphone-connected devices (e.g., incentive spirometry, blood glucose monitors), and supporting technology platforms including algorithms that provide predictive or prescriptive treatments.
Despite their promise, approximately 70% percent of complex, large-scale digital health programs are unable to meet their pre-set goals. Much of this is because of factors such as suboptimal strategies to leverage technology in an integrated way, inadequate collaboration between IT and lines of business, lack of expertise to lead digitization initiatives, rising costs/limited budget, suboptimal design and/or poor user experience, or the inability to experiment quickly and iterate on solutions.
The DTI unit recognizes that digital health applications are disruptive and rapidly transforming a wide range of today’s practice of medicine and healthcare interactions. The study of digital health has a core tenet of addressing the “digital divide” and having an equity lens in terms of access to and adoption of these technologies, including in rural or under-resourced settings.