Top 11 emerging chronic disease technologies to watch

Health policy institute NEHI today identified 11 emerging technologies that have the potential to improve care and lower costs for chronic disease patients, especially those in at-risk populations.

Each of the technologies are profiled in NEHI’s new report, “Getting to Value: Eleven Chronic Disease Technologies to Watch,” published with support from the California HealthCare Foundation. The report also identifies lessons learned about the role of technology in creating value and offers an overview of some of the barriers to adoption.

The “technologies to watch” target a range of chronic illnesses, including diabetes, asthma, stroke and heart disease, and reflect the growing emphasis on empowering patients to monitor their own care through the use of mobile platforms, social networking and home-based telehealth technologies.

“Nearly half of all American adults have at least one chronic illness,” said NEHI president Wendy Everett. “And these 11 emerging technologies hold the promise of greatly helping them manage their disease and connect with their doctors in real time.”

The 11 technologies on NEHI’s watch list include:

•    Tele-stroke care

•    Virtual visits

•    Mobil asthma management tools

•    In-car telehealth

•    Extended care eVisits

•    Mobile clinical decision support

•    Medication adherence tools

•    Social media promoting health

•    Mobile cardiovascular tools

•    Home telehealth

•    Mobile diabetes management tools

“These 11 technologies have the potential to extend care of chronic diseases beyond a doctor’s office to places where patients spend a great deal of their time - on their Smartphones, personal computers and in their cars,” said Everett. “And they are helping physicians get real-time data about their patients and, in some cases, share resources where staffing or financial constraints limit proper chronic disease management.”