📱 3 Tech Tools for Caregivers of Patients with Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Wed, Jun, 21, 2017

During June’s month-long observance of Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness, the Longest Day on June 21 is designated as a “sunrise-to-sunset event symbolizing the challenging journey of those living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.”

Often in health observances, the role of family caregivers is overlooked. But according to the AARP 2015 Caregiving in the U.S. Report, Alzheimer’s or dementia is consistently cited as one of the top three reasons that patients over the age of 50 require at-home caregivers.

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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Senior Care

3 Ways Patient Engagement Tech Can Improve Dental Care

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Wed, Jun, 14, 2017

In recent years, extending healthcare access through private insurance or Medicaid expansion has stayed in the spotlight. And with new legislation being debated in the Senate, it appears that health insurance will remain a top-of-mind issue.

But what about dental insurance? At the end of 2016, 66 percent of Americans lacked dental insurance, according to the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP). The reason, suggests a New York Times blog, is the widespread belief that dental care is a luxury. Peter Polverini, a dean emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, disputes the myth, noting: “It’s a lot more than just having a pretty smile. It’s not uncommon that you wind up with people being hospitalized because they can’t afford care.”



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Tags: Psychographic Segmentation, Dentistry

How Mobile Health Technology Could Help with Osteoporosis Management 💬

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Thu, Jun, 8, 2017

Nearly a decade after publishing guidelines for treating low bone density and osteoporosis, the American College of Physicians (ACP) recently updated its recommendations in an article in the May 2017 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.


In the U.S., 25 percent of senior women suffer from osteoporosis, compared to only 6 percent of senior men.


While osteoporosis does not garner the same level of publicity as diabetes or high blood pressure to address chronic care management needs, Medical News Today notes that the latest ACP guidance emphasizes the increasing public health burden posed by osteoporosis, “… where some 54 million people are thought to have osteoporosis or low bone density, and around half of the population of those over 50 is at risk of osteoporosis-related fracture.”

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, Senior Care

⌚️ 3 Tech Tools That Could Help Seniors Become More Fit

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Thu, Jun, 1, 2017

As the senior population grows, companies have responded with innovative tech tools for helping older adults with their day-to-day concerns. Those range from smart-home webcams and sensors that enable the elderly to age in place while offering family members peace of mind to services that block phone calls from scammers who might take financial advantage of seniors.


“Patients don’t live in a doctor’s office —
they must manage their care at home.”


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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, Senior Care

Could Tech Tools for Arthritis Management Hurt More than They Help? 🚷

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Tue, May, 30, 2017

Innovation is the name of the game in healthcare, especially for the growing cohort of seniors. But as with prescription medications, some technologies come with side effects. As the array of elder care technology grows, there are indications that solutions aimed at helping people with arthritis manage their symptoms could make symptoms worse. What is currently available—and what do you need to consider before adopting arthritis management technology?


PatientBond has found that certain psychographic segments are more likely to use apps, even among elderly patients, such as Balance Seekers.


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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, Senior Care

🎮 How Technology is Changing Stroke Rehabilitation

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Fri, May, 26, 2017

A canoeing videogame at NYU Langone can help stroke patients rehab a paralyzed hand.
PHOTO: ANDREW NEARY/NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER
 

In the past, you might have taken your elderly parents to the doctor or the local pharmacy for a periodic blood pressure check. Today, you can buy them an easy-to-use blood pressure machine for under $50 to monitor their blood pressure daily.

But that’s not exactly earth-shattering senior care technology. So where is innovation taking place when it comes to strokes? Stroke rehabilitation technology. Here are just a few of the advances in hardware and software that are transforming the traditionally low-tech world of stroke rehabilitation.  

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, Senior Care

What does the future of aging care look like? 🔮

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Fri, May, 19, 2017

Every week for more than three decades, television writer and commentator Andy Rooney shared “a few minutes” with the audience of 60 Minutes, often offering humorous insights on many subjects including aging. He once said, “It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone.”

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, Senior Care

📱 3 Reasons to Use Patient Engagement Technology for Seniors' Chronic Care Management

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Fri, May, 12, 2017

VIDA HEALTH

Support for using technology for chronic care management is on the rise. Interest began growing after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added a new CPT code to allow reimbursement for remote monitoring of patients with two or more chronic conditions. A 2015 survey, for example, found that 92 percent of healthcare provider respondents planned to add programs to take advantage of the chronic care management incentive.

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, Senior Care

3 Ways that Healthcare Technology Can Improve Care for Seniors 📲

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Tue, May, 2, 2017

Seniors crossing the 70 mark were born just as the transistor was invented. The breakthrough, coupled with innovations in miniaturization, led to an explosion in technological advances that now impact every aspect of life. Smart cars, smart homes and smartphones: While older healthcare consumers may not embrace every modern convenience powered by semi-conductors and microchips, emerging research indicates that they aren’t averse to adopting senior care technology, especially when it’s shown to improve health outcomes of elderly patients.  

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⌚️ How to Help Your Elderly Patients Adapt to Healthcare Technology

Posted by Brent Walker, PatientBond on Wed, Apr, 26, 2017

They may be conquering Facebook in increasing numbers, but many seniors remain unaccustomed to using technology to manage their medical care. That’s not to say they’re uninterested in senior care technology. As we noted previously, a significant percentage of seniors want to access healthcare services from home.

The marketplace has noticed, too. According to Modern Healthcare: “Tech companies are trying to meet the demand.

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Tags: Patient Engagement, Psychographic Segmentation, Senior Care

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