Are you thinking that your senior patients will not want to engage with a digital PROM tool?
Think again! If your patient has a smart phone, a Fitbit or an email address, chances are they will very happy, even enthusiastic, to monitor their osteoarthritis, tendinopathy or other MSK condition using myScoreIt.
Older Australians are estimated to make up around 20% of the population by 2054. They will have high expectations when it comes to lifestyle, health, remaining physically active and are increasingly tech savvy.
Accenture commissioned a survey in 2016 to assess attitudes to health and technology which identified that Australia’s “silver surfers” were, indeed, very willing to use technology to manage their health.
Some of their findings regarding Australians over 65 include that:
- the majority already monitor their weight, blood pressure, diet and cholesterol
- 56% use technology at least monthly to manage health
- 57% believe technology is vital to managing health
- 59% are willing to or are using wearable technology to track vital signs
- 42% were even willing to share their data with their health insurer for no incentive!
56% of Australia’s “silver surfers” already use tech at least monthly to monitor their health.
PROMs are invaluable in demonstrating how a condition impacts a patient, encouraging compliance, tracking progress and facilitating shared decision making. The largest barrier to using PROMs in day-to-day practice is time. By engaging a digital tool for collection, PROM data can be used seamlessly to optimise patient centred care.
For those folk who do not engage in the digital world, but where there is an imperative to collect data, PROMs can be collected digitally by an assistant or in the time-honoured pen-and-paper method. (This is not going to happen in our practice – just saying!)