The 'significant impact' of digital tools on health care

Dr. Alain Labrique, associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, sheds light on the importance of “going digital” in public health work.

How can digital health interventions impact the work of health workers and global development practitioners?

Dr. Alain Labrique, associate professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told Devex that “small, subtle digital enhancements to how we do public health and health care can have a significant impact.”

In a video interview with Devex Partnerships Editor Richard Jones, Labrique highlighted the positive impact of digital tools for work optimization, that can also improve the quality of care.

“Sending simple text message reminders to take medication has been shown to be an effective way to reduce missed appointments and improve drug adherence,” he added.

Watch the video clip above for further highlights from this conversation, as Labrique discusses the next frontier in digital health, talks about the architecture of scale, and sheds light on the “elephant in the room” in the realm of digital health.

Wired for Impact is an online conversation with Novartis Foundation and Devex to explore how to integrate digital health into global development in a way that is scalable and sustainable, and improves the overall quality of health care delivery to build essential connections between patients, health facilities, health providers and policymakers. Tag #Wired4Impact and @Devex to join the conversation.

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  • Helen Morgan

    Helen Morgan is a former associate editor and producer at Devex, focusing on climate change and resilience building as the editorial lead of Devex’s Turning the Tide series, and opinions editor for Devex’s Global Views section. With a background in human rights, migration, and sustainable development and design, Helen has written for a variety of international publications in Buenos Aires and Shanghai before moving to Barcelona to study contemporary migration.

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