Digital Tools for Chronic Disease Care Management
Find Out How You Can Benefit
In 2020, a survey by the AARP found that adoption of all forms of modern technology devices was increasing among adults aged 50 and older. As a whole, the aging population is becoming more comfortable with technology—and that is a good thing when it comes to your health care.
Wearable technology like the Apple Watch and Fitbits have become the norm. With these wearable medical devices, we can access in-the-moment information about our health whenever we want. Now, individuals with a wide range of medical conditions, from diabetes and obesity to hypertension and anxiety, can benefit from digital therapeutic software. This type of technology can help you create habits, trigger certain behaviors, and train your brain to make decisions that are beneficial to your health.
Here are three ways that technological innovations are changing chronic disease care management—and improving outcomes for patients in our underserved populations.
- Technology helps us expand digital and health literacy. When more older adults become comfortable using technology, we see improved outcomes and a better overall patient experience.
- Technology improves remote health care monitoring. Because of the accessibility of wearable technology, doctors can get a much more complete picture of their patient’s health on a day to day basis. Before this, they relied on updates on the individual’s weight, blood pressure, glucose levels, and other key data obtained during in-person visits.
Technology supports older adults’ aging in place. With the use of technology—including real-time data capture and monitoring—doctors can create much more customized care plans for their patients. This can help reduce re-hospitalizations and keep more people at home after they have received acute care.