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Rapidly evolving medical technology a boon for senior patients

May 10, 2013

Technology has had an increasing impact on healthy aging in recent years, and soon your trips to the doctor may be nothing like you remembered them. From smartphones to iPads, many of the latest devices have been showing up in medical offices around the country, and experts say the changes will help seniors stay better informed about their well-being, USA Today reports.

This move toward advancements such as electronic records and virtual healthcare has manifested itself in a number of different ways. For instance, some programs currently in development are working toward giving doctors the ability to take and monitor vitals from remote locations. Others have allowed patients to get copies of things like blood test results in an instant. Doctors are excited for the potential these changes have, especially in the treatment of older adults.

"I like it because patients are becoming more involved in their care," Dr. John D. Gumina, founding member of the Jersey Shore Monmouth Family Medicine Group, told the publication. "This is especially true of seniors who like to be kept updated."

It should not come as much of a surprise that seniors are eager to make use of the latest technology given their willingness to learn about other state-of-the-art devices. As of 2012, approximately 15 percent of adults 65 and older used tablets such as the iPad, reports The New York Times.