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This study investigates the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical students’ intentions to integrate digital health (dHealth) technologies into their future practice, employing a two-phase survey to assess changes in perceptions before (N=184) and after (N=177) the pandemic. The research highlights the limited exposure to dHealth technologies within medical curricula and the strong consensus on the necessity of dHealth training. A notable shift towards the acceptance of artificial intelligence (AI) and telehealth tools is identified, emphasizing the pandemic’s significant role in altering students' views on these technologies. The study findings advocate for the integration of formal dHealth training in medical curricula, with the overarching goal of preparing future physicians for the demands of an increasingly digital healthcare landscape.

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1197

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COVID-19’s Effect on Medical Students’ Digital Health Perceptions and Intentions

This study investigates the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical students’ intentions to integrate digital health (dHealth) technologies into their future practice, employing a two-phase survey to assess changes in perceptions before (N=184) and after (N=177) the pandemic. The research highlights the limited exposure to dHealth technologies within medical curricula and the strong consensus on the necessity of dHealth training. A notable shift towards the acceptance of artificial intelligence (AI) and telehealth tools is identified, emphasizing the pandemic’s significant role in altering students' views on these technologies. The study findings advocate for the integration of formal dHealth training in medical curricula, with the overarching goal of preparing future physicians for the demands of an increasingly digital healthcare landscape.

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