Smart health technology can help make positive changes to patients' behaviour and so, hold the key to healthier living. Dr Mark Aloia explains how.
How do you change behaviour?
Dr Aloia specializes in the science of behaviour change. As the associate professor of medicine at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, and global lead for behaviour change for Philips health technology, he believes that there are five ‘pillars’ to success when attempting to adopt a healthier lifestyle: the behavioural change request must be personal to the person receiving it; it must confer confidence and some motivation to respond, and it must provide the tools for recipients to take control. Finally, there must be a social network where success and failure can be shared.
Does technology have a role to play?
According to the Future Health index 2016, a global insight report commissioned by Philips, digital technology has a leading role in empowering patients to participate more actively in their own health. Leading the way, says Dr Aloia, our smart devices such as weight scales and blood pressure monitors that can be co-ordinated to go beyond just tracking fitness to offer responsive, personalized advice for people embarking on general or, even condition-specific healthier lifestyles, such as are used in the recently developed Philips Personal Health Programs.
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