It’s increasingly important that we find ways to engage patients in taking better care of themselves. We all know the scary reality: As the world population continues to grow rapidly, we’re facing a shortage of doctors. And as the populace ages and we have an increasing incidence of chronic conditions, healthcare costs will rise at an unsustainable rate. Perhaps nowhere is this situation more imminent than in Asia, where I live. Asia is home to 60 percent of the global population and has one of the fastest aging populations. By 2030, according to United Nations projections, 565 million Asians will be aged 65 years or older—up from about 300 million now, as reported in this New York Times article.
Given these challenges, the health leaders I speak with are realizing that they need to rethink how they manage their relationships with the aging and the services that they provide. How can they better engage those they serve to help them be healthier? And how can they do so with limited resources?
The good news is that today’s technologies can help health organizations start to answer these questions. Here are three technology trends that I see supporting increased patient engagement:
By taking advantage of today’s technologies, health organizations can engage patients in new and efficient ways to help them be healthier. And ultimately, finding ways to help patients take better care of themselves will be vital to arresting the explosion of costs in the healthcare system.
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