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Discussion Briefs

Connected Health for Patients: Information Technologies for Better Care

In the management of chronic diseases, one of the major advancements had been technologies to track a patient's health indicators. Eighty percent of adults in the United States living with two or more chronic conditions report tracking health indicators such as blood pressure, blood sugar and sleep patterns. Of those who reported tracking their health, 72% felt it had an impact on their health routine (Fox & Duggan, 2013). The need for patient and consumer user health technologies, however, is not limited to "trackers"; patients and providers also seek innovations that facilitate and strengthen the patient-provider relationship and also engage and educate the patient.

GHDonline organized a panel of experts in collaboration with the 2013 Connected Health Symposium, as part of the US Communities Initiative. Panelists discussed information technologies (IT) and how they can properly facilitate and enhance patient-centered care, as well as how to measure the impact of these applications.
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