Over the past few decades, technology has been transforming the way we all live our lives, but the healthcare sector is one which has truly harnessed the benefits. The COVID-19 pandemic has only fast-forwarded this too, and now digital health is no longer an abstract concept but a lifeline for people living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and for the overstretched workforce that cares for them.
Across the globe, circulatory diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and chronic kidney disease (CKD) are the leading causes of mortality and disability globally. Because of these high mortality rates, heart health is the ideal and urgent starting point for digital applications driven by technology. The technology used to diagnose cardiovascular diseases (CVD) is not invasive and can lend itself to consultations and follow-up via digital means such as telemedicine and emerging digital platforms. A position paper by the World Heart Federation makes the case for digitally transforming circulatory healthcare.