I cannot help but notice (and comment) on the overwhelming number and type of notices, headlines, press releases, meet ups, mash-ups, Code-A-Thons and hackathons all around us. Digital health is booming as is obvious by the types of emerging technologies and their capabilities.   There seems to be a vast array of diverse options for remote, embedded, wearable, swallow able and implantable devices and gadgets. Our houses, vehicles, furniture, and clothing are becoming wired to help sense, monitor, track and collect health related data.  New terms, terminology and jargon abound (i.e., big data, little data, small data, open data, open gov, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, and data analytics and visualization).
Data are available from many sources including: genetics, health records, clinical registries, public use data files, birth and death registries, clinical trials, insurance claims, public and private sector surveys, drug interaction studies, and patient-generated sources. The availability of increasing amounts and types of data from such diverse data sources presents challenges (technical, technological, legal, political, financial, and cultural) and opportunities. The ubiquitous nature of devices and gadgets may indeed help patients and consumers have continuous data vital signs such as on blood pressure, temperature, heart rate and fitness indicators such as calories consumed, steps walked, miles run. (more…)