top of page

do digital therapeutics work?

I’ve noticed a significant increase in conversations about how to best evaluate the efficacy of digital therapeutics (e.g., do they actually “work”?).

Since some of my clients are struggling to keep track of all the published peer-reviewed validation studies, I’ve asked my team to compile a database of all the DTx studies they could find (both by academia and industry).

Here’s what we found, keeping in mind that it’s an ever-evolving database:

📊 1400+ studies, of which 51% evaluate industry-developed DTx

📊 8 therapeutic areas being studied including cardio, chronic pain, neurology, psychiatry/psychology, metabolic, urology, gastroenterology and endocrinology

📊 34 diseases are being studied for efficacy

📊 7 main treatment modalities were identified, including digital psychotherapy, VR/AR, gaming, health and lifestyle coaching, biofeedback and digital rehab

📊 Most studies were RCTs, about a third were single-arm observational and the rest consisted of case studies, pilots and quasi-experimental study designs

We’re putting the finishing touches on the list to ensure it’s fulsome and user friendly and I’d like to share it more broadly with my network when it's ready to help stimulate even more data-driven discussions.

If you’d like to have a quick walkthrough and receive access to the study database when available, leave a comment below (maybe give me a “Go DTx!”) or just send me a DM if you’re shy.

Here’s hoping that this bit of work will bring pharma one step closer to digitization!

Recent Posts

See All

Beyond the buzz...

Having worked at the intersection of digital and pharma since 2008 (before it was sexy), I've had the opportunity to engage many talented executives trying to bring digital into an often risk-averse a

why should we invest in digital?

“Why should we invest in a digital therapeutic when it will never come close to generating the revenue we make from our drug portfolio? Why not reinvest into R&D to find the next blockbuster drug, whi

digital health is losing credibility

“It’s been 3 years of strategizing, ideating and experimenting with very little impact - unfortunately, our digital health folks have lost some credibility with the rest of the business” This unfortun


bottom of page