Tackling a global problem with digital health technologies
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has one of the highest economic burdens. It costs nearly USD 612 billion per year—USD 355 billion in direct costs and USD 257 billion in indirect costs in the US alone, and over USD 16 million people provide unpaid care for family members affected by AD and other types of dementia. The costs are further increasing in low-income nations. Hence, reducing this cost burden is an important problem to solve.
This paper discusses a platform approach, one that leverages digital health technologies, to effectively manage and reduce the economic burden of AD and redefine chronic condition management.
The approach entails a mashup of sensor data, electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePROs), clinical data, and physician’s inputs to create a holistic end-to-end care model. This will enable AD patients to deal with severe challenges in their activities of daily living (ADL) within their environments.