This year’s Annual Meeting from the Amsterdam Public Health (APH) Research Institute is themed ‘Digitalization’. In health care, digital solutions, technological innovations and big data offer new opportunities in the areas of diagnostics and treatment, prevention, and the organization and management of care at individual, institutional and system level.
Digital technology and big data can play a decisive or catalytic role in predictive medicine and personalized prevention, in decision support tools for healthcare professionals and policy makers, and in supporting citizens in self-management of their health through wearable technology and health apps. Digital tools can help turn the tide by preventing or treating diseases with personalized support and giving people a high degree of self-control. Despite the many promising and sometimes decisive applications of digital technology in health care and beyond, there are still many limitations and challenges to overcome from a medical, ethical, legal and social perspective before sustainable implementation can take place. APH has made ‘Digitalization’ one of its new strategic themes for the upcoming years, and started a new research program ‘Digital Health’ in order to integrate the theme within the research institute.