Technology moves too quickly for the world of academic publishing. That’s a long held belief by many but also a common topic of conversation among those working in digital health today. How to best study efficacy can be a tricky subject for digital health, however, the argument that efficacy data is unimportant rarely enters the debate — it is, especially for those companies that hope to convince payers that their services are worthy of reimbursement. Of course, the benefits of rigorous study go well beyond that in many cases, too.
There are some digital health studies, however, that are best published elsewhere. Any sensible person would agree that a scientific journal is no place for them. Take meta-analyses of mHealth efficacy data. Are you looking to determine whether the scientific evidence supporting clinical efficacy of mobile health was robust back in mid-2010? Well, you just had to wait until January 2013 to find out – in fact, you probably did last week.
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