A Call for a Global Digital Health Consortium

A Call for a Global Digital Health Consortium J. technol. behav. sci. (2017) 1:16–21 DOI 10.1007/s41347-017-0011-9 EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY 1,2 3 Myron L. Pulier & Steve Daviss Published online: 7 February 2017 Springer International Publishing 2017 Introduction efficiently and reliably record and use standardized contextual observations of symptoms (Fortney et al. 2016). Despite this, Mobile technologies implemented on smartphone and tablet such mHealth products have had little impact on clinical prac- devices have transformed many industries, such as banking, tice (Agarwal et al. 2016). telecommunications, advertising, music, retail, and payment In the healthcare sector, top-down, authority-imposed ef- processing. The development of standards in these sectors has forts in health information technology (HIT) have accelerated been central to the rapid progress and globalization of mobile- the initial transition to computer technology (HITECH Act, enabled changes. Such standards evolved from a mix of Certification Commission for HIT, Meaningful Use, HL7), bottom-up and top-down efforts to provide order to the emer- while the ready availability of mobile technology and the ease gent chaos. The music industry is a ready example of early of producing health-oriented apps has fueled more bottom-up, bottom-up efforts (e.g., Napster, Limewire) interacting with democratic approaches to HIT, resulting in a chaotic mix of later top-down responses (e.g., iTunes, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science Springer Journals

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