Digital health and care
What is it?
Worldwide, models of health and care are struggling to meet the challenge of ageing populations. Digital health and care interventions are recognised as key to the solution in tackling this crisis through the use of modern technologies and digital services. They are not only changing the way we communicate but offer more innovative ways for monitoring our health and well-being and provide greater access to personal data for self-management.
Digital health and care empowers us to track, manage and improve our health and care environments, leading to greater independence and improved health outcomes. By innovating in digital health and care we can reduce inefficiencies in healthcare delivery, improve access, reduce costs, increase quality of care, make health services more person-centred and personalise medicine for a patient’s unique needs.
Defining digital health and care
Defining digital health and care is a complex task as, globally, we are still to decide on a universal definition. Digital health applications consist of certain essential elements such as wireless devices, hardware and software sensors, microprocessors and integrated circuits, the internet, social networking mobile and body area networks, health IT, genomics and personal genetic information. Because of the varied nature of these elements the term digital health forms an umbrella term for: