How has technology changed the way patients and healthcare professionals interact with information?
An interesting infographic by Health Ed Academy visualizes the change (see below).
Some key points:
- 2 in 10 “healthcare extenders” use a tablet for interacting with patients
- 3 in 10 have a tablet
- 6 in 10 wish they had a tablet to interact with patients
- 79% (of those using apps) report that technology improves the quality of interactions with patients.
What about the growing population of people over age 65?
According to the NNLM;
- 71% of adults older than age 60 have difficulty using print materials
- 80% have difficulty using documents such as forms or charts
- 68% have difficulty interpreting numbers and performing calculations.
The accessibility of the iPad in medical education among this population, which by 2030, will reach 71.5 million adults aged 65 years of age or older, will be critical to improve health literacy among this demographic.
Well-educated patients make better decisions, and mobile technology puts that information in the hands of those who need it –– everyone.