From Dr. Joseph Kvedar (director, Center for Connected Health) on his new cHealth blog: a discussion starting with the Pew Internet and American Life study (Telecare Aware 28 March) into the practical, real world aspects of connecting patients to technology. If your base is over 65 (Medicare) and Medicaid (state medical support for lower-income individuals), as his is in Boston, most of them don’t have iPhones or even smartphones. Even if provided, many would find them confusing. It’s LCD time (lowest common denominator) and POTS (plain old telephone service) works just fine to upload their vital signs data.
Read on for another example of keeping it simple but effective–in Africa.