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Senior health experts aided by mobile apps

October 16, 2012

Whether it be tablets or smartphones, seniors are more likely than ever to adopt the latest technologies. Doing so can help older adults maintain independence, but it's their doctors' use of these common devices that may have the biggest impact. Advancements made in digital technology and web-based applications are revolutionizing the way medical professionals address senior health concerns, The New York Times reports.

There is a long list of smartphone and tablet apps that can help doctors throughout the course of their everyday routines. One program, known as MedCalc helps medical professionals determine right dosages for patients. Evernote, another app, helps organize clinical information in one spot.

"I use Evernote as a second brain,"  Dr. Alvin Rajkomar, who works at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, told The Times. "I now have a small textbook of personalized, auto-indexed clinical pearls that I carry with me at all times on my iPhone."

The use of the latest smartphone apps highlights the important role technology plays in helping seniors maintain their independence. According to CBS affiliate KREX, everything from Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids to medication reminders have helped.