by Dennis Falzon and Mario Raviglione
BMJ Global Health, 2016;1:e000038 – Published 12 August 2016
4 pp. 391 kB
The digital health landscape is poised to be transformed, opening unprecedented opportunities for public health action (table 1). Just as remote sensing today allows security cameras, heating systems and refrigerators to communicate with household owners, sensors embedded in ‘wearables’ or within ingested ‘smart pills’ could provide an intimate level of biological monitoring – such as blood levels of medication and biomarkers of disease activity – which can maximise therapeutic effectiveness. This Internet of Things (IOT) is touted to become a game changer in the field of diagnostics, personalised care and public health.