Dr. Ashish Atreja, director of the AppLab at Mount Sinai Hospital, believes that the lack of a robust body of digital health evidence is a problem. That’s not an uncommon opinion. But Atreja thinks the key to improving the situation is collaboration, and at a small reception at HIMSS16 he made a plea to doctors to share their own digital health pilot data through a new data-sharing initiative called NODE Health (Network Of Digital health Evidence in Health).
“We should not [have any] doctor prescribing an app until there is evidence-based digital medicine behind it,” he said. “But how do we do it? None of us can do it alone, so we are launching a network. It’s an open network, which you can be part of today, and we feel ourselves like there are so many academic medical institutions, startups, and nonprofits getting together and running their pilots. But if they just do it alone there’s no supporting structures.”
Atreja described it as a “clinicaltrials.gov for digital health pilots,” where hospitals will share as much as they can about what they’re working on in single site studies, in order to avoid duplication.