The Role of Technology in Healthy Living Medicine

Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2017 Mar-Apr;59(5):487-491. doi: 10.1016/j.pcad.2017.02.001. Epub 2017 Feb 11.


Health care consumers are taking control of their health information and desire a greater role in managing their health. Approximately 77% of Americans now own a smartphone and the use of health apps have doubled over the past two years. These effects are particularly notable in patients with chronic disease, now representing half the adult population and responsible for 86% of United States health care (HC) costs and 70% of deaths. New opportunities exist as a result of recent advances in home-based wireless devices, apps, wearables, and interactive systems enabling health delivery systems to monitor, advise and treat disease near real time and engage patients in healthy living medicine. These technologies will provide a new framework for patient engagement and care delivery that will enhance clinical outcomes and generate precision interventions that ultimately reduce HC costs.

Keywords: Apps; Chronic disease; Wearables.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease* / epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease* / prevention & control
  • Chronic Disease* / psychology
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Industrial Development
  • Information Seeking Behavior
  • Medical Informatics / methods*
  • Preventive Medicine* / instrumentation
  • Preventive Medicine* / methods
  • Telemedicine* / instrumentation
  • Telemedicine* / methods