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Health promotion and public health
Inequities still exist in the use of digital health technology across different sociodemographic subgroups
  1. Kishore Karri1,
  2. Pradeep Yarra2
  1. 1University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  2. 2Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pradeep Yarra, Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, USA; pya227{at}

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Commentary on: Mahajan S, Lu Y, Spatz ES, Nasir K, Krumholz HM. Trends and predictors of use of digital health technology in the United States. Am J Med. 2020 Jul 24:S0002-9343(20)30617-3. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.06.033.

Implications for practice and research

  • Digital health technology (DHT) as a tool and means of communication in healthcare is increasing, thus understanding predictors and existing disparities of DHT is crucial for better health outcomes.

  • Focused strategies to improve reach and effectiveness of DHT use across all subgroups will provide an opportunity to decrease existing healthcare disparities.


In an increasingly internet world, use of DHT as an access and means of communication is becoming central to healthcare. Previous studies have demonstrated that DHT can improve health literacy, patient empowerment and engagement, and enable better self-management of care, especially for individuals with chronic conditions.1 DHT can be used as …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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