The Role of a Smart Health Ecosystem in Transforming the Management of Chronic Health Conditions

Rebecca Nourse*, Tilman Dingler, Jaimon Kelly, Dominika Kwasnicka, Ralph Maddison

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Abstract

The effective management of chronic conditions requires an approach that promotes a shift in care from the clinic to the home, improves the efficiency of health care systems, and benefits all users irrespective of their needs and preferences. Digital health can provide a solution to this challenge, and in this paper, we provide our vision for a smart health ecosystem. A smart health ecosystem leverages the interoperability of digital health technologies and advancements in big data and artificial intelligence for data collection and analysis and the provision of support. We envisage that this approach will allow a comprehensive picture of health, personalization, and tailoring of behavioral and clinical support; drive theoretical advancements; and empower people to manage their own health with support from health care professionals. We illustrate the concept with 2 use cases and discuss topics for further consideration and research, concluding with a message to encourage people with chronic conditions, their caregivers, health care professionals, policy and decision makers, and technology experts to join their efforts and work toward adopting a smart health ecosystem.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere44265
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Medical Internet Research
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes

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