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Digital Health
May 24, 2016

Today, everything is affected by the digital revolution. The opportunities for inter-disciplinary digital health research bringing together computer science to dramatically improve health and well-being of individuals and populations are extraordinary.

  • Digital health refers to the use of information technology/electronic communication tools, services and processes to deliver health care services or to facilitate better health.

  • Digital health is the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society.

  • Digital health is empowering people to better track, manage, and improve their own and their family's health, live better, more productive lives, and improve society.

  • Recent technological advances enabled by creation of real-time big data streams, social media, participatory and context-aware systems and infectious disease modelling are the focus of public health informatics with the aim to achieve an integration with the existing national and international surveillance services.

  • Cutting-edge research into web science, medical ontologies and recommender systems provide further opportunities for development of personalized intelligent systems for public and global health.

  • Serious games, gamification and m-health interventions empower users in developed world but are accelerating unprecedented access to best evidence, medical advice and healthcare services in developing world.

  • The essential elements of the digital health revolution include wireless devices, hardware sensors and software sensing technologies, microprocessors and integrated circuits, the Internet, social networking, mobile and body area networks, health information technology, genomics, and personal genetic information.


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