People with cognitive limitations are six times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than the general population, as well as other chronic health problems. This is one example of an eminently preventable secondary health problem that has the potential to shift dramatically if supports for various lifestyle changes and more effective preventive health care are available.
Smart technology is changing the way we live our daily lives. In this presentation David O'Hara, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer for the Westchester Institute for Human Development will describe specific pilot projects that use smart technologies and cloud-based applications to support more effective preventive health care for people with I/DD using a range of telehealth strategies. The new accessibility features of tablet touch screen technologies and smart phones provide tools for the design of interactive applications that can support the delivery of better preventive health care and chronic disease management. In particular they provide access to easily available cloud-based patient education materials and patient care experience surveys. Standard patient satisfaction surveys (such as the CAHPS medical home survey from AHRQ) will be made accessible for people with I/DD, which will also use cloud technology to capture and analyze data to help improve the system. They can also promote more frequent contact between the patient and their health care providers as well as allow the health care team to prompt and coach individuals in following good preventive health care behavior.
Please join us to learn more about how effective use of these interactive applications can be a key strategy to help reduce the burden of chronic health issues among people with I/DD.