What Do Digital Biomarkers Mean?


The spread of wearable digital technologies in healthcare generating big data entailed the appearance of a new type of medical information. They produce actionable insights into the biological state of individuals, just as "general" biomarkers, but are collected through digital tools. Here's my summary of what digital biomarkers mean and how they will be used in the near future. In the last couple of years, Fitbit, Misfit, Jawbone, Apple Health, Sleep as Android, WIWE, MocaCare, Skeeper – in other words, fitness trackers, step counters, health apps, sleep sensors, pocket ECG, blood pressure or other health parameter measuring devices appeared out of nowhere. By now, they constitute significant players on the health, wellness and fitness market; generating an astounding amount of data about patients and individuals not getting patient care.