Virtual health is here to stay
The connection between people and technology is an important tool for health, especially to help people manage diabetes. Recently, virtual health became more common due to COVID-19. Virtual health is remote communication between medical professionals (such as doctors and nurses) and patients by texting, phone calls, video meetings, social media, and patient portals. Mobile technology also allows people to track and share their health information. For example, apps and devices you can wear can send important health data to doctors and provide guidance for patients.
The digital divide
However, not everyone has easy access to virtual care. Switching to virtual health care and accessing technology during the pandemic has been very challenging for some populations. The digital divide refers to lower access to technology and internet in some groups than others. Groups without access have worse health. We know that genes, behavior, psychology, and environment all impact our health. In the same way, connection (or lack of connection) to the internet impacts our health.
Importance of internet connection
Technology can greatly improve health care by monitoring health data and providing information useful to patients. As a result, everyone living with or at risk of diabetes needs a reliable and efficient digital connection.