This series introduces professionals and students to how technology is transforming the healthcare of older adults. New technology is being introduced every day to help us in our daily lives. An increasing number of health care professionals and patients are using technology to diagnose, treat, and live with chronic conditions. The geriatric population is being encouraged to use technology to manage record keeping and document care, keep connected with friends and family, manage health and maintain wellness, and enhance safety. These technologies have many benefits for older adults, but they also present challenges.
Susan M. Parks, MD
Christine Hsieh, MD
Jennifer Bellot, PhD, RN, MHSA
Mary Ellen Bolden, BSW
Cecilia Borden, EdD,MSN,RN
Nancy L. Chernett, MA, MPH
Mario Cornacchione, DO
Emily R. Hajjar, Pharm.D., BCPS, CGP
E. Adel Herge, OTD, OTR/L
Leigh Ann Hewston, PT, MEd, CEEAA
B. Lynn Hutchings, PhD, M. Arch., MFA
Stephen Kern, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
Ina Li, MD
Veronica F. Rempusheski, PhD, RN, FAAN
Janet Townsend, MD
Tracey Vause Earland, MS, OTR/L
Meghan Loftus (MSW Graduate Student)
This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB4HP19061 Geriatric Education Centers, total award amount $473,752.00. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.
This module explores the benefits and challenges of healthcare technology use for older adults.
Upon completion of this module, the participant will be able to:
- Identify the types of technologies transforming the care of older adults.
- Discuss the benefits to using technology for older adults.
- Discuss the barriers and challenges of using technology for older adults.
Estimated time for completion: 30 minutes
Since this module will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, it is designed to track your progress allowing you to complete the module in more than one sitting. The progress tracking feature allows you to return to your previous session from any computer.
Saving and Printing Responses to Questions:
Use the Save Answer button under each response text box to save your responses. Saved responses can be viewed or updated in subsequent sessions. All responses can be printed from the last screen of the module. The Print Answers button on that screen generates a PDF document that may be saved or printed.
Technical Requirements and Notes:
This learning module uses Adobe Flash media and may require you to add a browser "plug-in" in order to display properly. Most computers already have this free plug-in installed. But, if yours does not, it is very easy to download and install. Try the module first because the software is "smart" enough to detect the Flash player. If the module doesn't begin, you will be automatically prompted to download the plug-in.
The module contains links to external websites which will open in a new browser window. Your browser's back button will not return to the module, so these new windows should be closed.