Digital Therapeutics is not to be confused with wellness technologies such as fitness apps and trackers. (In the same way that pharmaceuticals should not be confused with supplements.) Studies, trials, R&D, and analyses are all required to prove efficacy and meet safety standards. Real-time studies can be accomplished more readily with digital therapeutics, decreasing the time needed for results and potential/future approval.
Pharmaceutical companies are currently partnering with digital therapeutic companies to develop devices, but it is thought the pharmaceuticals will begin to develop their own digital product lines. Some believe that prescriptions will one day be used as frequently for apps as they are for medication.
This technology-based tool has great promise for the future. The buzz generated by this topic also raises questions about acceptance, efficacy, long-term benefits, funding, FDA approval, etc.
Digital Therapeutics has the potential to influence healthcare across the world, improve current treatments, provide fresh methods to address needs and be used alone or in combination with other methods of care.