With advances in Digital Health (DH) tools, it has become much easier to collect, use, and share patient-generated health data (PGHD). This wealth of data could be efficiently used in monitoring and controlling chronic illnesses as well as predicting health outcome. Although integrating PGHD into clinical practice is currently in a promising stage, there are several technical challenges and usage barriers that hinder the full utilization of the PGHD potential in clinical care and research. This paper aims to address PGHD opportunities and challenges while developing the DH-Convener project to integrate PGHD into the Electronic Health Record in Austria (ELGA). Accordingly, it provides an integrative technical-clinical-user approach for developing a fully functional health ecosystem for exchanging integrated data among patients, healthcare providers, and researchers.
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