From development to exploitation of digital health solutions: Lessons learnt through multidisciplinary research and consultancy

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    Purpose: This viewpoint paper provides an overview of lessons learnt throughout the whole cycle of development to exploitation of digital solutions in health and wellbeing settings. This paper aims to address learnings that can be applied to all digital health technologies, including assistive technologies, apps, wearables, medical devices and serious games. Design/methodology/approach: Based on the knowledge and experiences of working within a multidisciplinary team, the authors discuss lessons learnt through research and consultancy projects in digital health and translate these into pragmatic suggestions and recommendations. Findings: Firstly, the importance of collaborating and co-creating with multidisciplinary stakeholders and end users throughout the whole project lifecycle is emphasised. Secondly, digital health solutions are not a means to an end, nor a panacea; decisions should be evidence-based and needs-driven. Thirdly, whenever possible, research designs and tools need to be more adaptive and personalised. Fourthly, the use of a mixed-method system approach and continuous evaluation throughout the project’s lifecycle is recommended to build up the evidence base. Fifthly, to ensure successful exploitation and implementation, a business case and timely bottom-up approach is recommended. Finally, to prevent research waste, it is our shared responsibility to collaborate with existing consortia and create an awareness of existing solutions and approaches. Originality/value: In conclusion, collaborating in the field of digital health offered insights into how to be more purposeful and effective in development, evaluation and exploitation of digital health solutions. Moving this diverse and dynamic field forward is challenging but will contribute to greater long-term impact on society.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)273-279
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Enabling Technologies
    Volume14
    Issue number4
    Early online date28 Nov 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2020

    Keywords

    • Digital health
    • Health care
    • Innovation
    • Multidisciplinary
    • Technology
    • mHealth

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Health(social science)
    • Rehabilitation
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Management of Technology and Innovation

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