Rapid advancements in informatics, targeted use of electronic health records (EHRs), and telemedicine in the delivery of health care hold great promise in addressing the need for quality health care for all. The immense potential inherent in digital health, which includes mobile health (mHealth) technologies to transform health care, personal health management, and basic health research offers scalable options for treating sleep deficiency and sleep and circadian disorders at a population level. Digital health could be particularly relevant to underserved populations as cell phones and Internet access become more ubiquitous – reducing barriers that limit access to quality health care and providers. Intriguingly, gamification of health care in under-resourced communities is an underexplored area that could have a global impact. By leveraging information technology and data science to deliver quality health care through innovative approaches, the research and medical communities can dramatically change the healthcare landscape. Evidenced-based medicine is needed to guide implementation of these novel approaches into health care systems and health services research. Dissemination and implementation trials will be critical to inform these new directions.
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