3 Rules for Digital Health in a Digital Society

Tytus Michalski
Mar 1, 2018 · 6 min read

1. Prevent upstream digital health problems.

It took time, but we’re making progress in dealing with upstream problems such tobacco, environmental toxins, and food safety. There are also far-reaching challenges upstream when it comes to digital society.

2. Avoid private sector monopolies for public goods.

Healthcare companies save millions of lives every year. That shouldn’t stop us from identifying clear evidence of business model misalignment which can lead to adverse health outcomes, even death. This challenge already exists in healthcare, and it is absolutely relevant for digital health.

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3. Ensure user friendly data portability.

Forgetting about distribution channels is easy. In the digital world, however, these channels have direct relationships with customers, and importantly also customer data. Digital super-aggregators enjoy some of the most influential market power ever witnessed in the history of business.

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Moving forward

When it comes to digital healthcare, we can’t wave a magic wand and say “let the government deal with it, it’s not my problem.”

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