Tech Is Good for Your Health

Tech Is Good for Your Health

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According to the Pew Research Center, only 61 percent of Americans 65 and older have a smartphone, compared to 96 percent of those ages 18 to 29, but the gap has been closing in the last decade. More technology at our fingertips means more accessibility—but it can also mean more complexity, says Britta Orr, chief Medicare officer of Allina Health Aetna.

“People typically think of telehealth as virtual appointments with your doctor, but it’s much more than that. It can include phone consultations, remote monitoring of your health data, provider-assessed care plans from your home, and digital services and support.”

To improve digital literacy, she says there needs to be education and engagement initiatives to connect seniors to their health care. 

“When looking to answer health care–related questions online, it’s important to visit sources that you know you can trust,” says Orr. “Use or other websites that end in .gov or .edu.” She says patients can always go directly to their health plan, health care provider, or trusted local broker for digital content. 

“To help older Minnesotans along their health care journey, we need to offer a holistic digital experience that is more than just virtual appointments.”

Read more from our Annual Health Guide in the November issue of Mpls.St.Paul Magazine or here.