Health Information Technology
- Digital health interventions have enormous potential as scalable tools to improve health and healthcare delivery by improving effectiveness, efficiency, accessibility, safety, and personalization. Achieving these improvements requires a cumulative knowledge base to inform development and deployment of digital health interventions. However, evaluations of digital health interventions present special challenges. This paper aims to examine these challenges and outline an evaluation strategy in terms of the research questions needed to appraise such interventions.
- In the last 3 decades or so, digital technologies have penetrated into a vast array of human activities; smartphones, computers, Internet, social media, and the rest have not only reached into many domains of everyday life but also spread globally and very rapidly—at a speed that technologies from previous eras had not done. In this special themed issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, a series of papers explore some of the implications of digital technologies for disease prevention and public health.