Aging-related Factors in Digital Health: Design, Uptake, Engagement, and Outcomes

Digital health technologies are becoming increasingly popular for chronic disease management and prevention as well as management of overall, physical, and cognitive health, prevention, and well-being. Digital health includes categories such as mobile health, health information technology, wearable devices, telehealth and telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, and personalized medicine. In different age groups, there may be different considerations in the development, testing, and implementation of these technologies, particularly to support healthy aging or chronic diseases that are more prevalent in older age groups. Digital health can also assist in connectivity and autonomy, factors that have age-specific considerations.

This Research Topic welcomes studies that compare interventions targeting individuals in adult, older adult, and the oldest old populations. It will also feature studies focusing on any one of these age groups in a way that addresses the digital divide and reveals behavioral and clinical characteristics that could be a call to action for digital health.

We are particularly interested in papers elucidating the effects of age on:

-Design of digital health technologies
-Awareness of digital health technologies
-Uptake of digital health technologies
-Engagement with digital health technologies
-Clinical outcomes resulting from digital health technologies
-Artificial-intelligence-powered technologies
-Barriers and facilitators to use of digital health technologies
-Real-world use
-Papers directly comparing different age groups


This Research Topic has been organized in partnership with Lark Health. Dr. OraLee Branch and Dr. Sarah Graham are employees of Lark Health. Dr. Reanne Moore is a co-founder of KeyWise, Inc. and a consultant for NeuroUX. Dr. Eli Puterman is a Scientific Advisory Board member of the John W. Brick Foundation for Mental Health. Other Editors declare no conflicts of interest.

Keywords: digital health, aging, technology, engagement, clinical outcomes

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