A Call to Action: A National Strategy for Digital Health

May 2021
Topics: Public Health, Policy, Systems Modernization, Emergency Preparedness and Response
Dr. Christine K. Cassel, UCSF
Dr. Wyatt W. Decker, OptumHealth
Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy
Dr. Jay J. Schnitzer, MITRE
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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.

If we let this opportunity pass, we risk worsening disparities in health by creating solutions that are only available to the privileged few.

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