Academics Embrace Digital Health: Bringing Measurement and Participation To Medicine

By David Shaywitz via

I was thrilled this morning to read about UCSF’s newly-created Center for Digital Health Innovation (CDHI), an effort to organize and catalyze the university’s efforts and activities in this vital, emerging space.

This initiative seems to be driven by much the same spirit that led a group of us to establish the Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health (CATCH) at MGH and MIT: the recognition that healthcare faces unprecedented challenges — challenges that emerging technologies and approaches to information can, must, and will help address.

If I had to distill the opportunities of digital health in medicine down to two themes, I’d nominate “Measurement” and “Participation.”