Digital Technology and Health

There has been a very good series of commissioned reports published recently by The Lancet and the Financial Times. They provide a comprehensive review of the growing influence of digital technology in the health domain. The reports also issue a series of warning about the challenges to maintain fairness and equality for all in the use of digital technology and delivering digital health care.

https://www.thelancet.com/commissions/governing-health-futures-2030

A very good overview of the work of the commission is found in the associated editorial article:

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(21)00238-7/fulltext

One of the key recommendations of the Commission is the need for data solidarity, an approach to the collection and use of health data with the aim of “building a culture of data justice and equity”.

Also highlighted is the excellent recent report by the Open Data Institute on the secondary use of digital health data:

https://secondary-use-health-data.theodi.org/explore-report/

These reports offer a very useful glimpse into a key topic for anyone interested in the impact of digital transformation on society.