The Role of Technology in Chronic Disease Care

Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2016 May-Jun;58(6):579-83. doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2016.01.001. Epub 2016 Jan 7.


Chronic disease represents the epidemic of our time, present in half the adult population and responsible for 86% of United States (US) healthcare costs and 70% of deaths. The major chronic diseases are primarily due to health risk behaviors that are widely communicable across populations. As a nation, the US has performed poorly in managing chronic disease, in large part because of a failed delivery model of care. New opportunities exist as a result of recent advances in home-based wireless devices, apps and wearables, enabling health delivery systems to monitor disease metrics in near real time. These technologies provide a framework for patient engagement and a new model of care delivery utilizing integrated practice units, both of which are needed to navigate the healthcare needs of the 21st century.

Keywords: Apps; Chronic disease; Integrated practice unit; Wearables.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Technology / trends*
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease / therapy*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / trends*
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Forecasting
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Mobile Applications / trends*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*
  • Risk Reduction Behavior
  • Telemedicine / trends*