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Digital technology in healthcare and elderly care

Background: Digital technology enables communication, remote monitoring and collection of health data. Recent trends toward an ever-aging society underscores a major demographic and technological shift - the well-being of many of aging people will increasingly depend upon technology. Specific technology based environments include websites, discussion boards, social networking sites, blogs, online video-sharing platforms, and mobile/wearable devices. Methods: Data was collected from English-language sources like WHO global strategy on digital health report, and recent articles related to application of digital technology in health care. The reviewers shared the work: abstracting article information; checking information for accuracy; deciding on overall appropriateness and synthesis. Results: Theoretical models provide a framework for explaining why people chose certain health-related media over others, the likelihood that individuals will adopt a new technology for treating health issues, the impact of excessive time spent using technology on health and health behavior change. Conclusion: Use of digital health should be people-centred, trust-based, evidence-based, effective, efficient, sustainable, inclusive, equitable, and contextualized. The growing global challenge of digital waste on health and the environment must also be appropriately managed.

Sabrina Simonovich
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM

Slobodan Slović
Institut Andrej Marušič, University Primorska


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