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Medicare smartphone app helps seniors manage their health

June 24, 2013

Technology has changed senior living in a number of different ways. In addition to medical advancements, the use of devices such as motion sensors has helped caregivers make sure seniors are safe, even from a distance. Smartphones have also played a big role in healthy aging, and a recent program released by Medicare can not only help older adults improve their well-being, but it could help them stay involved with their healthcare as well. Known as Medicare Blue Button, the program allows seniors to download their medical files straight onto their smartphones, according to Minnesota Public Radio. 

This simple piece of technology can help seniors in a variety of ways. For instance, if they have to visit a new doctor or specialist, they can bring up their medical history with just the push of a button. In addition to that, they can keep abreast of their treatment without any trouble thanks to apps such as iBlueButton, which translates medical jargon into easy-to-understand language. 

"Some parts of healthcare are so complex that we need complex solutions," healthcare expert Jennifer Lundblad told the news source. "But some parts of healthcare can be simplified and with the prevalence of smartphones, let's use the smartphone tool that that patient already has."

While downloading medical history to your smartphone may raise security concerns, Medicare says there are steps you can take to alleviate any anxiety. For instance, you should save your information to a secure location such as a CD or flashdrive. It's also important to keep paper copies as a backup.

Although Medicare Blue Button is the latest smartphone-centric program aimed at the senior population, it is certainly not the only one. There are many apps available that are particularly well-suited to the retired population. According to, some of these programs are especially helpful when it comes to health and wellness. WebMD and the Mayo Clinic both offer programs that provide useful information, and there are many free apps that assist with medication management, notes the U.S. Department of Health.