The increasing digitization of health care has ushered in a wide array of technological options, pushing patients to read up on them and make good choices. Here’s what the experts say:
- Be a wise consumer. You wouldn’t buy a car without reading the reviews and making sure it’s safe. “Patients should use the same approach with health technologies,” said Enid Montague, an assistant professor of engineering and medicine at Northwestern University.
[How is the doctor-patient relationship changing? It’s going electronic.]
- Tinker and experiment. It’s a good idea to test technology that interests you to discover what “helps you feel in control of your health or a disease or condition that you may have,” said Wendy Sue Swanson, a pediatrician and author of “Mama Doc Medicine” and the Seattle Mama Doc blog. Find the tools that make sense for your life. Maybe you’ll like wearable devices such as watches that help you track your health or maybe you’ll find they’re not for you, she said.
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