No less a tech guru than the WSJ’s own Walt Mossberg has challenged the tech world to come up with devices that make it easier for consumers to track and manage their health. Now a new survey looks at what health-management technologies caregivers are most interested in.
The survey, released over the weekend by the National Alliance for Caregiving and UnitedHealthcare at the Consumer Electronics Show’s Silvers Summit, identifies three technologies that seemed to have the most appeal. More than half of the 1,000 people surveyed — all of whom have already used some form of tech to help out with caregiving — said none of the usual barriers, such as cost or privacy worries, would stop them from trying the following:
Personal health record tracking: A full 77% of respondents said they’d find a web- or software-based personal health record very or somewhat helpful to track medications, test results and other data.
Caregiving coordination system: This kind of system, which 70% said they’d find helpful, would log a care recipient’s medical appointments and also coordinate the scheduling of help from family members or other volunteers.
Medication support system: Devices that remind patients to take their meds and give them info on side effects, plus alert a caregiver when the dose isn’t taken, would be useful to 70% of respondents. (The WSJ’s Digits blog recently wrote about one pill-cap-based medication alert/data collection system.
The nine other technologies that weren’t as well received included a symptom monitor and transmitter, an interactive TV-based system to help care recipients with physical, mental and leisure activities, and a video-phone system.