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A Call to Action: A National Strategy for Digital Health

By Christine Cassel, MD , Wyatt Decker, MD , Jonathan Woodson, MD , Jay Schnitzer, MD, Ph.D.

Through a national strategy for digital health, federal leaders have an immediate opportunity to crystalize digital health efforts across the public and private sectors to create a massive improvement in the health and well-being of people.

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With proper leadership, 2021 can become a significant inflection point in our nation’s health and its public health history. The decisions that will be made in the coming months and years could set us on course to finally eliminate the tragic health disparities that were exacerbated by COVID-19.

We now have the technology to make sure that every resident has the information they need to make the right choices for their health and the health of their families. We have the ability to instantaneously share data and evidenced-based treatments around the world. To seize this moment, we must have a national strategy for digital health that identifies a set of national priorities and guides the government and industry toward common goals.

A draft of this strategy was released in May 2021 with the intent of starting a conversation. The 2022 version includes a number of significant changes that reflect the insightful feedback we received and the evolution of our thinking.  

Leaders at all levels of government and in public and private sector organizations have an immediate opportunity to shape an enduring, adaptive digital health ecosystem; they should act on that opportunity now.

Read the related story and the full draft of National Strategy for Digital Health

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