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Ann Geriatr Med Res 2018; 22(3): 117-120  https://doi.org/10.4235/agmr.2018.22.3.117
Optimal Management of Chronic Medical Conditions Through Digital Medicine
Kwang-Il Kim
Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea
Correspondence to: Kwang-il Kim, MD, PhD
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6658-047X
Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, 82 Gumi-ro 173beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam 13620, Korea
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Received: September 6, 2018; Accepted: September 14, 2018; Published online: September 30, 2018.
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Abstract
With the population aging in Korea, an optimal healthcare model for older adults should be developed. Older adults often have multiple chronic medical conditions, which need continuous monitoring for the best care and early detection of acute deterioration. Digital technology can be a solution to the unmet need of management of common chronic medical conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart failure in older adults. Through this strategy, ideal care can be delivered without increased healthcare costs. This review describes the current status of common chronic medical conditions in Korean older adults and discusses the opportunities and challenges associated with digital technology-based chronic disease management.
Keywords: Digital medicine, Elderly, Hypertension, Diabetes mellitus, Heart failure


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