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The FDA highlighted digital health technology in its launch of the new Digital Health Center of Excellence in September of 2020. Their goal is to “empower stakeholders to advance health care by fostering responsible and high-quality digital health transformation.” Housed within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), the agency stresses its dedication to advancing digital technology.
FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. stated that the announcement “marks the next stage in applying a comprehensive approach to digital health technology to realize its full potential to empower consumers to make better informed decisions about their own health and provide new options for facilitating prevention, early diagnosis of life-threatening diseases, and management of chronic conditions outside of traditional care settings.”
The Goal of the Digital Health Center of Excellence:
The FDA Digital Health Center of Excellence aims to “connect and build partnerships to accelerate digital health advancements. They share knowledge to increase awareness and understanding, drive synergy, and advance best practices. They also innovate regulatory approaches to provide efficient and least burdensome oversight while meeting the FDA standards for safe and effective products.”
Types of Digital Health Technology:
Mobile technology has been controversial in the medical field. Vendors are finally offering secure and flexible technology that enables them to accomplish more in their day. With features like mobile dictation, the creation or modification of existing encounters, mobile chart access, and more, this tool is helping improve efficiency within medical organizations.
Wearable devices are helping improve patient data throughout the duration of their care. Data is recorded on the wearable device and uploaded directly into their chart. This helps providers gain a clearer picture of the patient’s health and improves the accuracy of clinical decisions.
Telehealth has proven instrumental during the 2020 pandemic, helping providers and patients continue interactions virtually rather than in-person. Virtual visits and remote care are enabling more flexibility in a patient’s care and improving engagement.
Benefits of Digital Health Technology
Digital health technology enables providers to do more in their day. Mobile technology helps providers accomplish more on the go. Telehealth enables providers to see more patients on average in one day than with in-person visits alone. Digital health technology is also improving how fast a provider can collect patient data for clinical use.
Improved Patient Engagement
Digital health technology is revolutionizing patient engagement. It is easier now more than ever before for an individual to connect with a physician and adhere to their treatment plans. The more engaged a patient is in their own care, the more likely they are to achieve positive results and outcomes.
Lastly, digital health technology enables providers to offer a more personalized type of medical care. Patients can receive certain treatment and care from home, gain access to services that improve their quality of life, and feel seen as an individual rather than just a patient.
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