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July 10, 2018

Evaluating Health Technology Through Pragmatic Trials: Novel Approaches to Generate High-Quality Evidence

Author Affiliations
  • 1Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, California
JAMA. 2018;320(2):137-138. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.8512

Information technology (IT), including digital technologies, wearable sensors, and advanced computational methods, is rapidly transforming the world. From banking, shopping, socializing, and even driving, IT is disrupting nearly every facet of modern life. Despite initial resistance, medical care is finally, albeit slowly, bending to the transformative power of technological innovations. Investments in health technology have increased substantially; in 2017, an estimated $6 billion was invested in digital health IT companies, and an estimated $40 billion was spent by consumers on wearables and health monitoring devices.1,2