Will Digital Health Transform U.S. Health Care?

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The health care industry lags other sectors of the economy in its use of technology to spur innovation, but leading health care organizations are starting to catch up. Tools ranging from smartphones and tablet computers to remote sensors and monitoring devices are being used to deliver care, information, and support to patients where and when they need it. Digital health technologies are also helping to close communication gaps between providers and patients and promote closer cooperation among providers.<br /><br />
Two new Commonwealth Fund reports by Sarah Klein, Martha Hostetter, and Douglas McCarthy explore the promise of technology-enabled care delivery and describe a path forward for developing game-changing digital health tools:<br />
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<li><a href="/publications/fund-reports/2014/oct/vision-using-digital-health-technologies-empower-consumers-and">A Vision for Using Digital Health Technologies to Empower Consumers and Transform the U.S. Health Care System</a> provides practical examples of digital health tools being used to improve care and empower patients with complex and costly medical conditions.<br />
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<li><a href="/publications/fund-reports/2014/oct/taking-digital-health-next-level">Taking Digital Health to the Next Level</a> makes recommendations for clinicians, developers, and entrepreneurs to develop digital health tools that target health care's greatest needs, with implications for how payers and policymakers might support this movement.</li>
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http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/newsletters/ealerts/2014/oct/will-digital-health-transform-us-health-care Read the reports