Hello and welcome to GeriTech. I’m Leslie Kernisan, practicing geriatrician in San Francisco.
I’ve always been interested in how technology can:
- Help me with my day-to-day doctoring work, practicing outpatient geriatrics
- Help other people – families, caregivers, other health professionals — provide good health care to frail and vulnerable elders
- Help solve the big problem of how to provide high quality care for an aging population at a price we can all afford.
For the past several years, I practiced primary care geriatrics first at the San Francisco VA, and then for almost two years at a community clinic in Berkeley. In both cases, the technology I used was given to me by the institutions I worked with. This left me with relatively little opportunity to explore or use some newer technologies, such as patient portals, home-based medical monitoring devices, or any of the new-fangled mHealth applications that all the venture capitalists get excited about.
Now, I’m launching a solo geriatric housecalls practice. Here’s what I’ve found myself thinking:
Are there any devices and apps that I should recommend to patients?