Editorial| Volume 127, P95-96, September 2019

Tech world and medicine come together to harness digital medicine

      Chances are you own a smartphone. There is also a chance you use only a fraction of the functionality your smartphone offers. Most people use the core communication functionality their smartphone provides, without comprehending the power that resides in the palm of their hand. The technology is 120 million times more powerful than that of the 1971 Apollo spacecraft [
      • Krummel T.M.
      The rise of wearable technology in health care. Invited commentary.
      ]. True, the ability to stay connected via speech or short text-based messages is a 21 st century phenomenon that allows humans to engage and relay information like never before but more impressive and perhaps, more important options exist. Dig a little deeper and you find there is so much more to be utilised from those sleek, shiny contraptions that beep or vibrate when someone tags you in a picture or informs you of their next social activity.
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