Authors: Lauren Pulling
We recently featured the review ‘Stroke and technology: prescribing mHealth apps for healthcare providers, patients and caregivers – a brief, selected review’ from our partner journal, Future Neurology. Here, the paper’s co- author, Jonathan Singer from SUNY Downstate Medical Center & Stroke Center, NY, USA, gives us some background on the research and its future implications.
First, please could you tell us a little about your research background and what led you to become interested in the role of technology in stroke management and care?
Long before having to make a choice regarding higher education, I had a passion and drive to work in the healthcare field. I have been fortunate to team with DrSteven Levine (SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Stroke Center) and improve the quality of life for stroke patients through research. I believe the field of medicine, not only neurology, can be profoundly impacted through technology. As hospitals continue to transition into a patient-centered model, technology can enhance the movement to improve patient care. I believe that implementing technology to introduce resources for stroke patients and their caregivers can help with their management and care. Informal care giving is growing at an exponential rate with reliance on providers who have little to no experience. Technology needs to be implemented that will help them to manage the healthcare needs of stroke patients, as stroke is the number one cause of disability. In addition to managing care, there are numerous ways in which technology can improve healthcare outcomes.
Please could you give us an overview of you recent paper, ‘Stroke and technology: prescribing mHealth apps for healthcare providers, patients and caregivers – a brief, selected review’?