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Title: Digital health at fifteen : more human (more needed)
Authors: Huckvale, Kit
Majeed, Azeem
Car, Josip
Wang, Jason C.
Keywords: DRNTU::Science::Medicine
Digital Health
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Huckvale, K., Wang, J. C., Majeed, A., & Car, J. (2019). Digital health at fifteen : more human (more needed). BMC Medicine, 17(1), 62-. doi:10.1186/s12916-019-1302-0
Series/Report no.: BMC Medicine
Abstract: There is growing appreciation that the success of digital health – whether digital tools, digital interventions or technology-based change strategies – is linked to the extent to which human factors are considered throughout design, development and implementation. A shift in focus to individuals as users and consumers of digital health highlights the capacity of the field to respond to secular developments, such as the adoption of person-centred care and consumer health technologies. We argue that this project is not only incomplete, but is fundamentally ‘uncompletable’ in the face of a highly dynamic landscape of both technological and human challenges. These challenges include the effects of consumerist, technology-supported care on care delivery, the rapid growth of digital users in low-income and middle-income countries and the impacts of machine learning. Digital health research will create most value by retaining a clear focus on the role of human factors in maximising health benefit, by helping health systems to anticipate and understand the person-centred effects of technology changes and by advocating strongly for the autonomy, rights and safety of consumers.
DOI: 10.1186/s12916-019-1302-0
Rights: © 2019 The Author(s). This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
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