Are You Asking Patients About Their Digital Health Connectivity?
Digital health technology, which includes the electronic tools, systems, devices, and resources that generate, store, and process data, exploded. COVID-19 pushed forward these digital tools that allowed patients to communicate remotely with healthcare providers in real time, wearable sensors that transmitted health information from the device directly back to a database, and apps that helped treat depression, promoted exercise and diet, managed medications, and increased diabetes self-care. However, efforts to reduce the digital health divide among certain populations were not matched. While patient portals and access to medical records have become easier than ever, it requires the access and skills to operate a computer or smartphone and a strong internet connection.