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The roots of digital healthcare stretch back surprisingly far. Telemedicine as a concept emerged in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Rapid global expansion of information and communications technology followed almost 30 years later in the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, touching the healthcare sector with the birth of health informatics and telecare.

Today, biosensors and trackers, augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR), and artificial intelligence (AI) are just some of the technologies affecting healthcare provision.