• Special Issue Topic

    Digital health technologies in rheumatology: emerging evidence and innovation

    Submission Deadline: September 30, 2023

    Guest Editor

    Prof. Rebecca Grainger E-Mail

    Department of Medicine, University of Otago, and Hutt Hospital, Wellington, New Zealand

    Research Keywords:  Gout, rheumatoid arthritis, health services, digital health

    About the Special Issue

    Digital health technologies have seen marked interest and innovation in rheumatology in the last decade, which was further increased by technology adoption in health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Digital health technologies that have potential in rheumatology care include remote consultations and monitoring, mobile applications and web-based patient-facing tools, clinical decision support and monitoring using electronic health records, and artificial intelligence to inform diagnosis, prognosis and treatment decisions. Despite the increasing interest in digital health tools in rheumatology, the literature describing impact of digital health tools on patient outcomes is nascent and emerging. Furthermore the impacts on health care providers and patients of adoption of digital health technologies also requires further exploration. This special issue of Exploration in Musculoskeletal disease will curate contemporary research examining use of digital health technologies in rheumatology.

    Keywords: Rheumatology, telemedicine, artificial intelligence, electronic health records, health services research, medical informatics

    Call for Papers

    Published Articles

    Open Access
    Original Article
    Validation of computer-based analysis of static ultrasound images of patellar and Achilles tendon enthesis territories
    Aim: The aim of the present study is to conduct interobserver and intra-observer validation of computer analysis of static ultrasound images of entheseal territories of the Achilles and distal pa [...] Read more.
    Carlos A. Guillén-Astete ... Mónica Vázquez-Díaz
    Published: May 15, 2024 Explor Musculoskeletal Dis. 2024;2:148–155
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.37349/emd.2024.00044
    Times Cited: 0
    Open Access
    Original Article
    Teleteaching in paediatric rheumatology: an Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology experience
    Aim: To evaluate the reach and potential effectiveness of teleteaching of health providers in paediatric rheumatology by observing the pattern of sessions, attendance, and attendees’ feedback i [...] Read more.
    Sumaira Farman ... Saira Elaine Anwer Khan
    Published: April 17, 2024 Explor Musculoskeletal Dis. 2024;2:133–144
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.37349/emd.2024.00042
    Times Cited: 0
    Open Access
    Opportunities of digital health technologies for rheumatology: from clinics to quality and research
    Recent developments in digital health technologies are overwhelming, and their use in routine work is still difficult to anticipate. This narrative review summarizes the concept of consecutive cohor [...] Read more.
    Michael Schirmer ... Johannes D. Pallua
    Published: April 08, 2024 Explor Musculoskeletal Dis. 2024;2:82–91
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.37349/emd.2024.00037
    Times Cited: 0
    Open Access
    Empowering rheumatology through digital health technologies: contributions and barriers
    Rheumatology, the medical specialty dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs), is evolving with the emergence of digital health technologies, such as  [...] Read more.
    Diego Benavent ... Antonio Gómez-Centeno
    Published: April 9, 2024 Explor Musculoskeletal Dis. 2024;2:92–105
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.37349/emd.2024.00038
    Times Cited: 0
    Open Access
    Scoping review on remote disease monitoring in rheumatoid arthritis: does it actually help the patient?
    Remote monitoring technologies (RMTs) are an emerging tool for assessing, monitoring, and following up on patients with chronic diseases including autoimmune rheumatic diseases (AIRDs). The best use [...] Read more.
    Prakashini Mruthyunjaya ... Debashish Danda
    Published: January 22, 2024 Explor Musculoskeletal Dis. 2024;2:20–30
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.37349/emd.2024.00030
    Times Cited: 0
    Open Access
    Letter to the Editor
    Patient self-sampling for remote human leucocyte antigen-B27 analysis
    Hannah Labinsky ... Johannes Knitza
    Published: June 30, 2023 Explor Musculoskeletal Dis. 2023;1:64–67
    DOI: https://doi.org/10.37349/emd.2023.00010
    Times Cited: 0