While there is a global desire to increase digital health capacity, digital health should transform health services delivery rather than simply automate – or worse – replicate existing practices. Failing to capitalize on this transformative potential misses an opportunity to engage patients and other users to provide a more person-centered experience. However, digital transformation done recklessly can disrupt workflow, alienate users, and jeopardize patient safety, as we have observed with implementation of many digital health tools. This paper uses a telemedicine example to provide insight into how digital health innovation can be a meaningful enabler of health system transformation. Examining different ways to leverage digital health technologies is crucial to best capitalize on their potential.
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