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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

On the DiMe

Just saw this at STATnews during my morning rounds. Joined.

The Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) is the professional society for the digital medicine community. Together, we drive scientific progress and broad acceptance of digital medicine to enhance public health. Our mission is to serve professionals at the intersection of the global healthcare and technology communities, supporting them in developing digital medicine through interdisciplinary collaboration, research, teaching, and the promotion of best practices.
Put in a permanent link here in my right hand links column.

Given that I'm a fussbudget of late for "definitions," I liked this:
Defining Digital Medicine
What is digital medicine?

Digital medicine describes a field, concerned with the use of technologies as tools for measurement, and intervention in the service of human health. Digital medicine products are driven by high-quality hardware and software that support the practice of medicine broadly, including treatment, recovery, disease prevention, and health promotion for individuals and across populations.

Digital medicine products can be used independently or in concert with pharmaceuticals, biologics, devices, or other products to optimize patient care and health outcomes. Digital medicine empowers patients and healthcare providers with intelligent and accessible tools to address a wide range of conditions through high-quality, safe, and effective measurements and data-driven interventions.

As a discipline, digital medicine encapsulates both broad professional expertise and responsibilities concerning the use of these digital tools. Digital medicine focuses on evidence-generation to support the use of these technologies...
Ahhh... "evidence."

As noted at Forbes:
The Digital Medicine Society Is Developing Evidence-Based Standards For Digital Health
Professional groups and industry-wide collaborations are emerging to drive the growth of healthcare innovation. The development of high-quality, evidence-based products and services is now being supported by the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) as well as the existing Digital Therapeutic Alliance (DTA).

The use of digital tools for better diagnosis and outcomes is rapidly progressing. The global digital health market is expected to reach $223.7 billion within five years based on increasing penetration of mobile devices, remote patient monitoring, and growing demand for advanced information systems. These products could represent a fundamental shift in healthcare services and actionable data generation according to experts…
Check 'em out. Sign up. Follow DiMe on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Wonder what the folks at HIMSS think about this. Lots of synergy potential, I would think.

BTW, apropos, I finished Susan Hockfield's book:

For the last couple of decades, as a dean and then provost at Yale, and then as president and now president emerita of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), I’ve had the privilege of looking over the scientific horizon, and what I’ve seen is breathtaking. Ingenious and powerful biologically based tools are coming our way: viruses that can self-assemble into batteries, proteins that can clean water, nanoparticles that can detect and knock out cancer, prosthetic limbs that can read minds, computer systems that can increase crop yield. 

These new technologies may sound like science fiction, but they are not. Many of them are already well along in their development, and each of them has emerged from the same source: a revolutionary convergence of biology and engineering. This book tells the story of that convergence—of remarkable scientific discoveries that bring two largely divergent paths together and of the pathbreaking researchers who are using this convergence to invent tools and technologies that will transform how we will live in the coming century. 

We need new tools and technologies. Today’s world population of around 7.6 billion is projected to rise to well over 9.5 billion by 2050. In generating the power that fuels, heats, and cools our current population, we’ve already pumped enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to change the planet’s climate for centuries to come, and we’re now grappling with the consequences. Temperatures and sea levels are rising, and large portions of the globe are plagued with drought, famine, and drug-resistant disease. Simply scaling up our current tools and technologies will not solve the daunting challenges that face us globally. How can we generate more abundant yet cleaner energy, produce sufficient clean water, develop more effective medicines at lower cost, enable the disabled among us, and produce more food without disrupting the world’s ecological balance? We need new solutions to these problems. Without them, we are destined for troubled times...

Hockfield, Susan. The Age of Living Machines: How Biology Will Build the Next Technology Revolution (pp. ix-x). W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition.
Nice to read something evincing net rational optimism these days during a time of aggressive science/tech denialism,,. I would hope that cutting-edge biotechnologies ("living machines") make it into the DiMe mix.



More to come...

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