Digital Health has the potential to change medicine and help patients better manage chronic diseases. In the past, physicians would get a snapshot view of the patient’s health during a monthly or quarterly visit. Now as we enter a period of continuous monitoring, physicians can gain insights which could allow them to better diagnosis and treat each patient’s disease. While these approaches do have some benefits, these devices could fundamentally change the patient/physician relationship which could overburden the current healthcare systems.
Physicians and healthcare systems need to thoughtfully adopt these technologies in a way that accentuates the benefits while reducing the shortcomings. Also, physicians need to consider how they plan to integrate information from these devices as an increasing number of patients bring data generated from these devices to office visits to show activity, sleep, and heart rate trends. Additionally, as these data are combined with tools such as artificial intelligence and predictive analytics, physicians will need to evaluate the robustness of these tools and whether they are relevant to each patient’s management. This session will review the current state of the art for digital technologies and will discuss how clinicians may want to integrate into clinical practice.