In recent years, digital health solutions have been developed for a variety of chronic conditions, but have yet to meet their promise. This “translation gap” represents a target for improving the state of digital health and bettering the health outcomes of patients. Mental healthcare, in particular, could benefit from digital health solutions.
Despite the widespread digitization of healthcare, a systematic review found improvements in healthcare productivity have been incremental rather than leaps and bounds. The study reviewed 975 research papers and was conducted as part of MIT’s Work of the Future project. IT applications have increased productivity, but only between 1-3%.