Going digital: opportunities and barriers in the use of technology for health research

Cauane Blumenberg, David Peiris, Christian Loret de Mola, Manohan Sinnadurai, Maoyi Tian, Alline M. Beleigoli, Maria Lazo-Porras, Francisco Diez-Canseco, Miguel Paredes, L. Max Labán-Seminario, Jessica Hanae Zafra-Tanaka, Devarsetty Praveen, J. Jaime Miranda

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Digital health refers to the use of novel information communication technologies in healthcare. The use of these technologies could positively impact public health and health outcomes of populations by generating timely data, and facilitating the process of data collection, analysis, and knowledge translation. Using selected case studies, we aim to describe the opportunities and barriers in the use of technology applied to health-related research. We focus on three areas: strategies to generate new data using novel data collection methods, strategies to use and analyze existing data, and using digital health for health-related interventions. Exemplars from seven countries are provided to illustrate activity across these areas. Although the use of health-related technologies is increasing, challenges remain to support their adoption and scale-up –especially for under-served populations. Research using digital health approaches should take a user-centered design, actively working with the population of interest to maximize their uptake and effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-30
Number of pages9
JournalSalud Publica de Mexico
StatePublished - 2022


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data collection
  • Digital health
  • Health technology
  • Web-based intervention


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