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As the health care system faces unprecedented challenges in the form of workforce shortages, burnout and rising costs, technology and collaborative efforts offer the potential to mitigate some of these concerns—but they need to be used correctly and with upfront patient and physician input to guide their development.

“It's really important to have doctors and patients involved in the early stages of development of these digital tools,” AMA President Jack Resneck Jr., MD, told attendees at Total Health 2022.

Some 500 health and technology CEOs, innovators and policymakers met in Chicago for the event, sponsored by the Reuters news agency.

“As president of the American Medical Association, I get to talk to doctors across the country—it’s one of the fun parts of my job,” said Dr. Resneck, a professor and vice chair of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine’s dermatology department. “What I hear is pretty uniform excitement about the potential for digital health across the spectrum.”

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