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Health Policy
February 23, 2021

From Digitization to Digital Transformation: Policy Priorities for Closing the Gap

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of California, San Francisco
JAMA. 2021;325(8):717-718. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.27014

Digital health, which involves computing platforms, connectivity, software, and sensors for health care and related uses,1 has substantially increased over the past decade.2 Today, thousands of apps are available to help patients manage their health, and the field of data science has emerged to build algorithms that may be useful, for example, to help establish diagnoses, determine and monitor care, and predict outcomes, including death. However, gains from digitization remain limited from a number of perspectives. The United States and other countries have digitized but have not digitally transformed.