iPrognosis collects individual health data while people make use of their smartphones to facilitate early detection of the Parkinson’s disease. An HiMSS Europe article published on January 17, 2018 and written by Vasileios Nittas yet reminds that eHealth and mHealth solutions do not automatically imply improved health and raises questions around digital health, ethics and equity.
Digitalisation within the public health sector has driven emerging innovative solutions to detect and monitor symptoms related to diseases; however, persisting social inequalities in accessing digital solutions may not hinder health inequities. Up to now, there is limited understanding of potential equity effects of digital health innovations demanded by the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions. Can these innovations reach the most vulnerable in society, how do we ensure that they do? While exploring routes to the market, the iPrognosis project team will definitely reflect upon these challenges as “the digital world is not immune to inequities.”