Sociodemographic health factors connects to digital health device utility

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As per reports, health-associated and sociodemographic factors connect to digital health devices. The report came from npj Digital Medicine’s study.

The researchers have followed a cohort within the ongoing and long-running Framingham Heart Study. It made use of 3 digital elements- a smartwatch, a blood pressure cuff, and a smartphone app.

All the participants got app-based surveys every 3 months. They also used the smartwatch to collect heart rate and step count data every day. They took the white blood pressure measurements every week. However, the researchers gathered sociodemographic information and data about health behaviors and status.

Individuals over 55 years used every device more throughout yearlong follow-up. Participants and women having higher levels of education did complete the app surveys better. Lower than excellent self-rated health connected to lower use of smartwatch. And the same goes for higher scores for depressive symptoms.

This particular research helped in identifying subgroups. It may benefit them from extra support for maintaining the long-run use of digital health device. Also, it will benefit future clinical studies. It will contribute to population-based remote monitoring for clinical needs.

This knowledge will help clinicians and researchers understand the barriers. They can formulate strategies for assisting and motivating individuals. They will also take care of people having depressive symptoms.

The authors said that the research helped them to investigate several factors. A huge focus beyond the particular chronic conditions was a powerful advantage. Also, the big follow-up period and no financial incentives for enrolling patients helped a lot.

Digital health tools are very valuable for tracking study participants. Also, it helps in remote patient tracking. The analysis also offers insights into which population will require additional support.

Digital health technologies can transform clinical care delivery and optimize clinical research. Already the covid-19 pandemic accelerated the healthcare transformation. However, after digitization took place, it developed faster.

Technologies are improving, and the healthcare sector is utilizing them for its best advantages. In the future, more technology will also come and contribute more to the healthcare sector.

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