The Digital Outcome Measure

Digit Biomark. 2018 Sep 21;2(3):94-105. doi: 10.1159/000492396. eCollection 2018 Sep-Dec.


Improving clinical outcomes remains the gold standard in advancing healthcare. Focusing on outcomes holds the potential to unite all clinical stakeholders including payers, industry, providers, and patients. Yet, the dominant ways in which outcomes are captured, provider-collected or patient-reported, have significant limitations. The emerging field of biosensors and wearables, which aims to capture many types of health data, holds promise to specifically capture outcomes while complementing existing outcome collection methods. A digital outcome measure, unlike a traditional provider-collected or patient-reported outcome measure, depends less on active patient or provider participation. Thus, digital outcome measures may be more amenable to standardization as well as greater collection consistency, frequency, and accuracy.

Keywords: Digital health; Outcome; Sensors; Wearables.

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