Mission

To address new opportunities in the healthcare sector emerging from the increasing use of digital technologies, specifically telemedicine and mobile devices (mHealth), and to evaluate the impact of information and communication technology on health outcomes.

Goal

  • Establish a forum to address the opportunities and challenges emerging in the field of digital health
  • Understand the role of health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) in the value assessment of digital health solutions
  • Investigate the ways in which the validity and reliability of digital health technologies can be evaluated
  • Promote the effective use of digital technologies to improve patient outcomes and efficiency of healthcare systems

Background

The term "digital health" is extremely broad and can include electronic medical records, electronic health records, telemedicine, mobile health (mHealth), and wireless health, amongst others. Utilization of digital health technologies provides opportunities to increase the quality of care, accuracy of healthcare analytics, and ensure greater safety owing to the patient follow-up. However, digital health represents a field fraught with challenges within the healthcare market. Not only are there numerous and different ways to classify and define “digital health” and related subtopics, there is also a lack of methodological approaches available to assess the value of digital health solutions.  The usefulness along with the quality and reliability of health information gathered via digital health (eg mobile apps) must be addressed before one can feel confident of the reliability of digital health solutions and subsequent use by patients and researchers for assessing the value of healthcare interventions.


Manuscripts & Reports


  1. Virtual ISPOR 2021: Poster: How Do We Agree on A Definition for Digital Health? - Results of a Systematic Scoping Literature Review
  2. HTAi 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting: Poster: Piloting a Comprehensive Search for Ehealth Definitions in the Grey Literature: Preliminary Results from a Systematic Scoping Review
  3. HTAi 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting: Poster: Categorization of Digital Health Definitions for Outcomes Research Purposes - Results of a Systematic Scoping Literature Review

Leadership



Chair-Elect

Vlad Zah, PhD, BSc

Health Economist, ZRx Outcomes Research, Inc
Mississauga, ON, Canada

Chair

Katarzyna Kolasa, PhD

VP HEOR Parexel, Prof Health Economics Kozminski University, Kozminski University, Parexel
Warsaw, MZ, Poland

Past Chair

Carl Asche, MSc, MBA, PhD, BA

Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Peoria, IL, United States

Working Groups




Member Engagement

These activities allow for a variety of members to participate and facilitates disseminating content in Webinars, Journal Clubs, Conference Sessions, etc.

Co-Chairs:

Jagadeswara Rao Earla, MBA, PharmD, PhD

Associate Director, Outcomes Research, Merck & Co., Inc.
Kenilworth, NJ, United States

Laura Vinuesa, MSc, BSc

Senior Business Insights Analyst, Clarivate
London, LON, United Kingdom

Key Project

Scoping review of digital health definitions used in literature and in practice

Co-Chairs:

  • Anita Burrell, MA, MBA, Anita Burrell Consulting LLC, Flemington, USA
  • Zsombor Zrubka, PhD, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungar

Background and Objectives for Key Project

There is confusion in the terms which are currently employed so that sometimes these are used interchangeably with each other and even a single term may have more than one definition. For example. there are various definitions of mHealth (6), it has been defined as “mobile computing, medical sensor, and communication technologies for healthcare” (7) but also as “medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, personal digital assistants, and other wireless devices” (8). The lack of an understanding relating to the scope of a term is one reason why there is no universally accepted definition (9).

We anticipate that the scoping review will address an unmet need in the digital health field and health economics and outcomes research literature to allow a for number of gaps to be filled in the literature including establishing a definition of digital health for outcomes research, discussion of the categorization of different types of Digital Health Interventions and metrics/evidence standards, and further guidance / recommendations in this field.

Questions or ideas? Please send an email to digitalhealthsig@ISPOR.org

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