a list of the best digital health books

Top 10 Books To Easily Explore Digital Health

Phones and tablets, clicks and likes, films and video games: the beeping melody of our technology-driven society is echoing around.

Nevertheless, there’s one pleasurable activity that will never get outdated. Reading, of course! Books – printed or electronic – are portable gems. Their melodic chains of letters draw surreal images in one’s imagination and take the reader to exotic corners of their inner universe.

So, if you’re looking for something new to read, join the newest trend and explore some of the most fascinating aspects of digital health. A health professional or just a curious newbie, here are the top 10 digital health books for you:

1. The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands by Eric Topol

The Patient Will See You Now is a powerful book that reveals some of the leading aspects of digital health: the active involvement of patients in decision-making and the crucial role of transparent data. Although Eric Topol is a doctor himself (a cardiologist and geneticist), in his book, he goes against the so-called ‘medical paternalism,’ which traditionally puts medical experts on a pedestal. In addition, Topol’s book presents an interesting overview of the multiple technological gadgets and connected devices out there that can help people improve their health. Will patients become more active and tech-savvy? Let’s turn the page and see.

2. Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care by Eric Topol

Creative Destruction of Medicine is another masterpiece by Eric Topol. This book presents the impact technology has on people and the power of individualized medicine and digital health. Starting with a gaze through history, Topol reveals the future of medicine: drug trials, printing of organs, big data, and all the digital advancements that have shaped medicine. With the rapid evolution of technology, the future of medicine and physician-patient relationship is unknown. So, let’s keep reading and explore!

3. Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology by SC Moatti

Mobilized: An Insider’s Guide to the Business and Future of Connected Technology is an insightful book that also focuses on the power of technology and mobile devices, in particular. We are so attached to our mobiles that “losing a cell phone is like losing a limb.” SC Moatti explains how apps may shape the world we are living in. From beauty to mental health, mHealth and mobile apps are an integrated part of digital health. In her book, SC Moatti helps entrepreneurs understand what they need to succeed in today’s competitive environment.

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4. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products is another book that entrepreneurs and stakeholders need to read in order to engage more and more customers. As tech gadgets and user-friendly interface designs are integrated into digital health, users have become more involved and interested in medical innovations and products. Nir Eyal gives some practical tips to get users hooked on digital health tools. In the end, we are all addicted to technology.

5. The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age by Robert Wachter

The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age is an honest description of all the possible struggles and obstacles that may prevent doctors from implementing technology in their practice. Although IT systems and apps help practitioners and engage users, Robert Watcher, who’s an academic physician, reveals why doctors complain about computerization. Some may refuse using AI and digital health apps. For instance, one of the main aspects that technology takes away is human interaction, which often leads to low personal satisfaction. Furthermore, in his book, Watcher presents all the regulations that slow down today’s scientific success. So, where’s the balance between technology and social interaction?

6. Requirements Engineering for Digital Health by Samuel Fricker, Christoph Thummler, and Anastasius Gavras

Requirements Engineering for Digital Health is another digital health masterpiece, which questions technology. While software companies compete for a place on the market, are software products capable of meeting the needs of stakeholders and patients? For people planning to develop a digital health platform, this book is a must, full of insights, tips, and step-by-step guides. So, if you’re ready to make a change in the digital health industry, get hold of this marvellous book and get started.

7. The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future by Steve Case

The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur’s Vision of the Future is a great choice not only for entrepreneurs and software companies, but also for patients and digital health fans. This book presents some of the greatest business decisions made in the digital health sector. As Steve Case explains, the world has reached the “Third Wave” of the Internet. The first wave was built on the work of online companies such as AOL, which helped consumers connect to the Internet. The second wave was triggered by giants like Facebook, which revolutionized the Internet and introduced social media. The third wave, according to Case, has made the Internet a crucial part of sectors with real-life impact: health, education, and transportation. So, let’s continue reading and see if these “encounters” can be beneficial!

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8. Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. by Jeremy N. Smith

Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. is another book that digital health fans should put on their list. Journalist Jeremy Smith tells the story of physician Chris Murray and his effort to collect, store, and analyze global health data. Big data sets are a main concept in digital health, and this book presents the power of information. In addition, many provocative topics, such as disease incidences, pollution, politics, ineffective funding, and bureaucratic measures, are presented. In the end, Jeremy Smith shows that numbers can be exciting and inspiring.

9. Digital Health: Critical and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives by Deborah Lupton

Digital-Health: Critical and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives is a great book that presents some provocative topics related to the digital health era humanity has entered. In her fascinating book, Deborah Lupton brings together theory and research and goes a bit deeper in searching for answers. How does technology affect the social and political situation in the world? How does gamification of health affect the self and moral judgment? All these issues should be considered because, as Lupton shows, health care is a crucial part of our society: a society where media, economies, and dreams mix in one.

10. Where Does it Hurt?: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care by Jonathan Bush

Where Does It Hurt? An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Fixing Health Care is among the most relevant books for both healthcare providers and patients as it tackles a major social problem: distribution of wealth. Jonathan Bush reveals some provocative topics. For instance, it’s curious why technological advancements in other industries reduce costs but still, the health sector is incredibly expensive. Money can hurt. So, if you want to explore the financial perspectives of digital health, this book is a bang for your buck. Just keep reading!

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Theresa Kern

Business Development at beta|careers
Theresa is a management student and team member of the 2017 class at beta|careers.

Her responsibilities include growing and nurturing our digital health platforms and, occasionally, taking care of bus tickets for the team. In her free time, she can be found on horseback out in the woods.
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