There is increasing availability and use of digital technologies such as smart phones, social media platforms, and wearables that potentially allow for significant increases in participation in both health-related research and general tracking of health metrics. This session will provide a balanced overview of where there is reliable evidence that digital technologies have improved health and where there is mainly hype. The session will address the following questions:
• Does the empirical evidence confirm that digital health has actually improved public health?
• What evidence is there regarding the global impact of digital health on research?
• Has digital health helped to close health disparities’ gaps?
• What are ethical concerns surrounding tracking health data and how are they being managed?