After breathlessly ascending the peak of inflated expectations, and careening down through the trough of despair, digital health seems poised to re-emerge, battered but not beaten, in the form of digital medicine: digital health plus evidence plus humility. That was my key take-away from a fascinating and constructive meeting, the Harvard Digital Medicine Symposium, I was …

by Heather Smith

The pace of change is accelerating exponentially. Especially in healthcare, it’s being driven by technologies that are transforming the experience for both patients and clinicians. Clinicians need to be connected and mobile to deliver better patient care at the bedside, which really means making critical data available and secure, at their fingertips. For patients, it’s becoming all about …

by Heather Smith

The new apps will include a revamped Health app with a new homepage that better outlines daily activity from the day. There will be a section for “hearing health,” like how loud users play music on your headphones or the loudness of the external environment. It also includes more comprehensive menstrual cycle tracking, vying with …

by Heather Smith

Most Americans believe we live in a country with quality medical care—and have long considered it to be the best in the world. However, the reality is that life expectancy is declining as healthcare costs are rising; so, it’s no surprise that it’s becoming more and more expensive to afford medical care. Relying on personal savings or insurance may not …

by Heather Smith

The digital health industry has much work to do when it comes to developing technologies for underserved populations, including people of color, the LGBTQ community and women. It’s no secret digital health is iterating and evolving at breakneck speed. But many are starting to ask the question, “Are those technologies made with all in mind?” Industry …

by Heather Smith

These are truly extraordinary times. Technology holds the potential to change the world even more than it already has. The pace of change in our daily lives is accelerating exponentially – every minute, every day. Many are calling this the fourth industrial revolution centered on mobility, where the lines between physical, digital, and biological are blurring. These …

by Heather Smith

NHS England’s global digital exemplar strategy in doubt amid looming cull of central IT projects Promised £200m second wave of exemplar trusts in limbo Strategy has been led by departing NHS England deputy CEO Matthew Swindells The future of the national strategy to improve NHS providers’ IT systems is in doubt amid budget constraints and …

by Heather Smith

Despite the emergence of curated app libraries for mental health apps, personal searches by consumers remain a common method for discovering apps. App store descriptions therefore represent a key channel to inform consumer choice. This study examined the claims invoked through these app store descriptions, the extent to which scientific language is used to support …

by Heather Smith

WHO’s new Science Division have launched an online resource to guide the development of new health products for which there are limited markets or incentives for research and development. An essential tool for realizing universal health coverage, the Health Product Profile Directory aims to promote  research and development for products to combat neglected diseases and threats to …

by Heather Smith

The session took place on 20 May 2019, the day after the Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting and during the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland which attracts Health Leaders from around the Globe. The private and invitation-only dinner connected stakeholders (Governments, Research Institutes, Industry, Economic Development Agencies and others) from many countries and deepened the ties between …

by Matt Grek