Digital Health Devices, Tools Popular Among Caregivers

December 19, 2014 in News

More than 40% of U.S. caregivers with broadband connections use a digital health device, according to a report by Parks Associates, MobiHealthNews reports.

Details of Report

For the report, researchers examined the use of digital devices among caregivers with broadband Internet connections. To do so, researchers analyzed several surveys, including one of about 10,000 U.S. households with broadband access.

Findings

The report found that 22% of broadband households include an individual who currently cares for a family member or expects to do so in the near future.

Meanwhile, 41% of current caregivers use a digital health device. In addition, 8% use an online tool to coordinate their caregiving efforts (Comstock, MobiHealthNews, 12/18).

Further, 27% of current or future caregivers use and own at least one connected health device (Gold, “Morning eHealth,” Politico, 12/19).

Further Interest in Digital Health Devices

Among the surveyed current or future caregivers, 44% expressed an interest in “electronic panic button” devices and 30% said they were interested in wearable technology that has such capabilities (MobiHealthNews, 12/18).

According to the report, current and future caregivers also expressed an interest in:

  • Electronic pill boxes;
  • Electronic sensors;
  • Home monitoring security systems;
  • Online care coordination tools; and
  • Webcams for two-way communications and for home monitoring (Parks Associates report, 12/18).
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