Prepare for More Digital Health

Prepare for More Digital Health – President’s Blog

COVID-19 has shown a need for more digital health technology. Someday there will be technology to track residents' health before emergency care is needed.

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Personal Health Monitoring Technologies Are Developing Too Slowly.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for more sophisticated gathering, analysis, and sharing of individual health monitoring data from senior care environments.

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I attended a recent convention on care of the elderly and was surprised to see 10-15 year old technologies being  repurposed to suit elder care environments.  Oddly, the gear was more expensive than an Apple Watch in 2020, being  used to identify when you are likely getting ill and what to do about it. Indeed, some of the tech was no more sophisticated than a doorbell.

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There is some nifty Virtual Reality gear. But not the sort of health monitoring tools that can bring senior care up to date with current technology. And certainly none of the tech is integrated with digital forms needed for compliance with license regulations. Why is that?

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It could be medical data privacy. But, most of us share an astonishing amount of personal data with corporations and the government from a wide range of electronic activities.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]For example: Fitness data (including activity, weight and heart health data), driving behaviors from our phones and chips that have been our in our cars since 2006, virtually all of our purchasing data, reading and viewing and eating data, what we read and comment upon on the internet, how much time we spend on each web page or digital book page, and so much more is being collected without notice or objection by us.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]

Despite the wide range of data we share with corporations, government, and strangers, we bristle, understandably, when it comes to medical privacy issues. Some tech writers, such as Kevin Kelly, author of “The Inevitable” suggests that our medical privacy is already on its way out.

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When that day comes, not if, assisted living operators and the resident’s family doctor will have tools to detect indicators of negative health conditions before things require emergent care.

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