What is it?
Digital therapeutics (DTx) are scalable software solutions that deliver evidence-based therapeutic interventions to prevent, manage, or treat chronic condition or disease. DTx solutions can be apps or other online platforms that give tailored recommendations based on diagnoses, symptoms, and treatment plans. Depending on their needs, one patient could use a DTx platform for behavioral health support, while another records their chemotherapy side effects or glucose levels. Digital therapeutics can be standalone, or used as a complement to existing medication, connected health devices, and other therapies to optimize patient care and health outcomes.
The digital health ecosystem has seen a flood of new, consumer-focused technologies over the last decade, and digital therapeutics are among the latest technologies in this space. They work in conjunction with and borrow components of its preceding technologies, including remote patient monitoring (RPM), telehealth, and digital apps. Similar to RPM, digital therapeutics rely on devices to track clinically relevant metrics. However, DTx go a step further, collecting and discerning meaning from data points to educate patients on how their behaviors impact their health and disease outcomes.