Quo vadis? Results of the Systematic Scoping Review for Digital Health Terms in the Literature


Speakers: Zsombor Zrubka, MD, MBA, PhD, Óbuda University, Budapest, PE, Hungary Anita D Burrell, BA, MA, MBA, Anita Burrell Consulting LLC, Flemington, NJ, USA

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The objective of this session is to provide information on the results of the key project for the Digital Health SIG and to explore the potential for additional analyses which can be undertaken from the rich database generated. The literature search for the past 5 years on the major terms in digital health alongside synonyms of definition as a key term and a filter for systematic reviews yielded 2,610 abstracts (Embase: n=2263; PubMed: n=657, Cochrane n=35, EconLit: n=11), independent reviewers reviewed 545 full text articles and 214 eligible papers for data extraction. The database contains 337 definitions of which 154 were high level terms and 183 were secondary terms. “mHealth” was the most popular high-level term 75 (18 original +57 referenced) followed by “eHealth” and “telehealth” with 48 (18+30), and 27 (2+25) total (original + referenced) definitions, respectively. Interestingly, only 4 definitions of “digital health” were noted in this study (1 original + 3 referenced). A manuscript is currently in development for these high-level term results and further analyses of the database are under discussion.

Conference/Value in Health Info

2021-05, ISPOR 2021, Montreal, Canada



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