Jessica Shull

Jessica Shull is a Strategic Adviser to the Digital Therapeutics Alliance. She is also Digital Health Manager on clinical trials and digital projects for respiratory disease at Bellvitge Hospital in Barcelona. She worked 13+ years with the WHO on digital health for global health system strengthening and epidemic response. Consultancies include World Bank, mHealth app evaluation guidelines for Europe, and EU regulations for US digital diagnostic start-ups. She has a MSc from the Medical College of Georgia (US), an MA form the University of Trento (Italy) and is pursuing a PhD in BioMedicine at the University of Barcelona.

Jessica Shull will be a speaker at the MedTech Forum on 16/5. Find more about the programme here ! Due to the makeup of our household, I am privy to the daily activities of a gang of fourteen-year-old girls. They are all, to a one, surgically attached to their mobile phones. I've learned from them that they trust their mobile phones more than they trusts books in a library or what the high school teachers tell them. When they want to determine if a rash is contagious, or want to know why they have white spots on their nails, they go straight to their phones. This is not to say a mobile-centric world is recommended. It simply provides a glimpse of a trend we face as this generation gets older and takes responsibility for their healthcare. I live in Spain where the wait time to see an orthopaedic surgeon for severe back pain can be 90 days. A patient asking to see a psychologist for stress and depression will also have to choose between an appointment in three months, or a few hastily prescribed pills now. There is over-saturation and lack of professional staff. Spain is not the only country in Europe in this position. It is quite easy to imagine, therefore, where today's fourteen-year-olds will be looking for treatment by the time they are adults. Digital therapeutics (DTx) are digital health products that are driven by high-quality software programs and deliver evidence-based therapeutic interventions to patients to prevent, manage, or treat a medical disorder or disease. These digital health products are used independently or in concert with medications or devices, to optimize health outcomes. These are not wellness or fitness apps. DTx are clinically validated and often prescribed by a physician. A few weeks ago, I was speaking with...