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Diseases 2018, 6(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/diseases6010006

Merging Digital Medicine and Economics: Two Moving Averages Unlock Biosignals for Better Health

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Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of British Columbia and BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1, Canada
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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
Received: 21 December 2017 / Revised: 5 January 2018 / Accepted: 6 January 2018 / Published: 6 January 2018
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Algorithm development in digital medicine necessitates ongoing knowledge and skills updating to match the current demands and constant progression in the field. In today’s chaotic world there is an increasing trend to seek out simple solutions for complex problems that can increase efficiency, reduce resource consumption, and improve scalability. This desire has spilled over into the world of science and research where many disciplines have taken to investigating and applying more simplistic approaches. Interestingly, through a review of current literature and research efforts, it seems that the learning and teaching principles in digital medicine continue to push towards the development of sophisticated algorithms with a limited scope and has not fully embraced or encouraged a shift towards more simple solutions that yield equal or better results. This short note aims to demonstrate that within the world of digital medicine and engineering, simpler algorithms can offer effective and efficient solutions, where traditionally more complex algorithms have been used. Moreover, the note demonstrates that bridging different research disciplines is very beneficial and yields valuable insights and results. View Full-Text
Keywords: data analysis; global health; digital health; mobile health; simplicity; algorithms data analysis; global health; digital health; mobile health; simplicity; algorithms
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