Scales, belts, and pyramids: back to the future of digital healthcare
- International Journal of Family & Community Medicine
Graham B Jones1,2
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Adoption of digital health technologies has been relatively limited despite their potential to have meaningful impact on health. For deployment to improve patient adherence, it is imperative to link desired behavioral changes to patient value chains, many of which are instilled at an early age. There exists a clear opportunity for parents, schools, and communities to play a mentoring role in the deployment of digital health tools by future generations, ahead of their journey to becoming patients in the managed healthcare system. In addition, for existing adult populations and senior citizens, appropriate motivating factors can be deployed to inspire effective use of digital adherence tools and contribute to enhanced health outcomes in the immediate future. Coupled with new approaches in managed care and health insurance provisions the full promise of digital health technologies might then be realized in the nearer term.
digital health, technology, adherence, behavior, mentoring, wellness