Digitalization in healthcare: New opportunities and old problems

Artemiy R. Kur­banov
Lomonosov Moscow State Uni­ver­si­ty

Dig­i­tal­iza­tion in health­care: New oppor­tu­ni­ties and old prob­lems

Abstract. The paper con­sid­ers the use of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies in health­care, pri­mar­i­ly in the frame­work of dig­i­tal epi­demi­ol­o­gy. It sug­gests an overview of sig­nif­i­cant projects in this area, includ­ing Google Dengue Trends web ser­vices (GDT) and Google Flu Trends (GFT), GIDEON, as well as dig­i­tal map­ping of the dis­tri­b­u­tion of var­i­ous dis­eases. The author shows that the devel­op­ment of dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies in health­care should be accom­pa­nied by com­plex socio-eco­nom­ic trans­for­ma­tions in order to over­come the inequal­i­ties in access to med­ical ser­vices that exist between res­i­dents of dif­fer­ent coun­tries and regions.

Key­words: dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, dis­ease map­ping, dig­i­tal epi­demi­ol­o­gy, socio-eco­nom­ic inequal­i­ty, Big Data

DOI: 10.5840/dspl20192450


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