Elderly Patients Want Docs To Explain Technology

Older patients asked to use mobile monitoring devices want clinicians to coach them, according to a new survey. Four out of 10 Americans between the ages of 65 to 100 who are thinking about using a medical monitoring device said they would prefer that a clinician teach them how to use the technology. The poll also showed that 29% said they would like to receive training from friends or family.

The recently published Linkage Technology Survey, Age 65 to 100, relied on responses from 1,789 seniors, and revealed that 41% of respondents owned a PC and 61% owned a cell phone. However, adoption of other technologies lags behind with 33% indicating they have Internet access. Furthermore, only 3% said they own a smart phone, 3% said they own a tablet, and 8% said they have a laptop.

The poll also found that 40% of respondents said they own a blood pressure cuff, 17% said they own a device to monitor diabetes, and just 2% own an electronic pill box.

The report confirms the digital divide between the very old and younger people in the use of technology. The report offers several suggestions to encourage seniors to adopt technology: -- including the design of more elder-friendly devices, taking into account screen sizes, fonts, menus, audio volume, and apps.

For more go to: Information Week.com

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