Evaluating Health Technology Through Pragmatic TrialsNovel Approaches to Generate High-Quality Evidence

JAMA
July 10, 2018, Vol 320, No. 2, Pages 109-212
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/issue.aspx

Editorial
Evaluating Health Technology Through Pragmatic TrialsNovel Approaches to Generate High-Quality Evidence
Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH; Robert A. Harrington, MD
Abstract
Information technology (IT), including digital technologies, wearable sensors, and advanced computational methods, is rapidly transforming the world. From banking, shopping, socializing, and even driving, IT is disrupting nearly every facet of modern life. Despite initial resistance, medical care is finally, albeit slowly, bending to the transformative power of technological innovations. Investments in health technology have increased substantially; in 2017, an estimated $6 billion was invested in digital health IT companies, and an estimated $40 billion was spent by consumers on wearables and health monitoring devices.1,2