Glossary of Digital Health Solutions

Health Monitoring:
Digital platform or wearables that facilitate the collection of data on different aspects of health, including quality of life and symptom experience. Patients can either input data to a digital platform or use devices worn on the body (wearables). Data can be shared real time with health professionals so that rapid action can be taken if there’s a deviation from the norm. Data can also be shared with health professionals during a consultation. Platform can enable real world evidence of a disease experience to be collected.


Online Consultation with Health Professionals:
Digital platform where patients can have an online consultation with a doctor or psychologist and have follow-up consultation via SMS or email.


Digital Administration of Care:
System that allows patients to make appointments online with hospitals and specialists. Also an online prescription refill system which means that prescriptions are sent to the patients local pharmacy without having to get a paper prescription.


Social Networking:
Online patient communities that enable patients to share information, understand better their condition and support each other.


Medication Support:
Apps that help patients schedule their medications, remind them to take medications and when it’s time for a refill and inform them if there is an interaction between their medication.


Digital Personal Assistant:
Smart algorithm-powered (Artificial intelligence) text or voice-based interfaces (chatbots) that can provide patients with information, help triage problems the patient is experiencing and provide initial advice and support to manage a problem.


Electronic Health Records:
An electronic health record (EHR), or electronic medical record (EMR), is the systematised collection of health information about patients in a digital format. These records can be shared across different health care settings.


Digital Education Tools:
Education tools including games (gamification) that helps empower patients.


Smart Devices to Support Independent Living:
Smart devices that help patients manage a disability and live as independently as possible.

Information sourced from “European Patient innovation Summit, 7th November 2019, Patients in a Digital World: Challenges and Solutions, Glossary of digital health solutions”
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