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Innovations in Health Care Delivery
April 26, 2016

Digital Health and Patient Safety

Author Affiliations
  • 1Partners Healthcare, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • 4Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2016;315(16):1697-1698. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2402

There is a pressing need to optimize performance of the US health care system. This need coincides with a substantial and ongoing remarkable increase in technological innovations with implications for digital health, most notably the advent of mobile computing and communications. Currently, the adoption of digital health—which, in this Viewpoint, refers to the use of advanced electronic communication and monitoring technologies to exchange health information—by clinicians, health care organizations, and patients is increasing.

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