Using Mobile Technologies to Fight Chronic Disease

Conversations: Using Mobile Technologies to Fight Chronic Disease

01.09.14 | By Matt Bennett

Technology is rapidly changing how we conduct even the simplest of daily tasks, and with smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, being “connected” is no longer a function of sitting at a desk in front of a computer. We now carry some of the most powerful computers in the palm of our hands, and mobile platforms have opened the door to the creation of some incredibly innovative applications.

Harnessing these technologies to help fight treat chronic diseases, reduce costs, and improve patient care is critically important. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 75 percent of every dollar spent on health care in the United States currently goes to treat chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. And it’s likely to increase in the coming years.

For this week’s Conversations Forum, we wanted to ask:

Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have become part of our everyday lives. How can we harness these technologies and platforms to manage chronic diseases and improve patient health?

We look forward to learning what this week’s contributors think about the issue, and encourage you to join the conversation by sharing your thoughts in the comment section.

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