Convening a Digitally Enabled Ecosystem to Address the Chronic Disease Burden of an Underserved Community

The economic burden of chronic disease goes beyond the cost of treating health conditions; it includes the indirect costs of lost productivity. In 2016, this total burden approached $3.7 trillion, accounting for 19.6% of the United States Gross Domestic Product. The rise in chronic disease has been fueled in large part by the obesity epidemic; analysis has estimated that the disease burden caused by obesity accounted for 47.1% of the total cost of chronic diseases in 2016.

In this article, we describe an ecosystem-based solution that relies on (1) a digital health platform to establish connectivity across disparate participants for data sharing and technology access and (2) a convener to orchestrate technology-enabled chronic disease management programs that can be customized to the needs of an underserved population…..more

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