How Mobile Devices Help in Senior Care?
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How Mobile Devices Help in Senior Care?

By Healthcare Tech Outlook | Friday, November 22, 2019

Senior CareGiven the rising ubiquity of mobile devices and the array of healthcare-related uses, it is likely for the tools to become a more fundamental part of care plans in years to come, but a few challenges still stay.

FREMONT, CA: The U.S. Census Bureau reports that once in five residents will be of the retirement age by the year 200, and in the coming year, the older will outnumber children under 18.

Furthermore, growing alongside the figures of seniors is their use of technology. It is noted that 53 percent of all senior citizens own a smartphone, and the number does not account for other mobile devices like laptops, tablets, or e-readers.

The rising adoption of technology tools presents an opportunity for care providers to employ mobile devices as a medium to not only connect older users to family, friends, and the internet but also possibly allow for longer and healthier lives.

Mobile Devices Present Many Uses for Senior Care

The ways that seniors and their caregivers can take advantage of mobile devices have steadily increased in recent years. As one moves ahead with population-based solutions and reimbursement changes in healthcare, it is going to be more central that care management platforms start employing some of the patient-owned mobile technology, which already exists.

Among the uses include: remote patient monitoring (often coupled with smart home sensors) and applications that can assist seniors in managing chronic conditions, complex medication regimens, and even gamify cognitive care. Besides, wearable biomedical sensors, which were once a costly specialty item, are now available in off-the-shelf smartwatches.

Additionally, thinking outside the box is key to release the full potential of mobile tools. There is even the option that pairing smartphones or tablets with virtual reality headsets could modify end-of-life care.

Deploying Mobile Devices in a Senior Care Setting

Given the rising ubiquity of mobile devices and the array of healthcare-related uses, it is likely for the tools to become a more fundamental part of care plans in years to come, but a few challenges still stay.

When it comes to storing and broadcasting health data, security and privacy should be at the top. Employing security practices like device encryption, network monitoring, and containerization can facilitate care providers to not compromise patient safety as part of their mobile device employment process. By bringing seniors into the heart of the advancement process, devices can be created with a senior-first mentality, intensifying their use case and adoption rate in healthcare.

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