The Effect of Chronic Diseases on the Use of Health Technology and Digital Services in the Elderly Population in Finland
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CitationMielonen, Jukka. Kinnunen, Ulla-Mari. Saranto, Kaija. Kemppi, Anssi. Kuusisto, Hanna. (2020). The Effect of Chronic Diseases on the Use of Health Technology and Digital Services in the Elderly Population in Finland. Integrated Citizen Centered Digital Health and Social Care, 275, 147-151. 10.3233/SHTI200712.
Digital services are growing in the health-care field. The population in Europe is aging, and digital services are on the rise. There are also plenty of new health-care devices on the market. The aim of this study was to survey how elderly people cope with digital services or devices, especially if they are chronically ill. This quantitative study focuses on the impact of chronic diseases on the use of health technology and digital services. The target group of this study is Finnish people aged 65 or over. Based on the results, a chronic disease or disability is not an obstacle to the use of digital services or health-care technology in the Finnish elderly population. The main obstacles to the use of health technology or digital services are complexity, obscure text, or small font size. According to this study, elderly people seem to trust the device or application. Devices, applications, and online services should be designed so that elderly people’s diseases or ability to function are considered.