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Tech-savvy seniors in Singapore want home care

With two in every five of Singapore residents expected to be age 55 and older by 2030, a new survey by Accenture shows that 84% of seniors want digital options for accessing their health services from home.

“In a country that has one of the world’s most highly-connected populations, tech-savvy seniors are a natural extension of the ubiquity of connected devices and the high overall rates of technology adoption in Singapore,” said Kaveh Safavi, senior managing director of Accenture’s health practice.

The survey found the number of seniors who are willing to wear a health-monitoring device to track vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure, has nearly doubled over two years, from 43% in 2014 to 73% in 2016.

About four in every five seniors believe wearable health devices provide health benefits, such as understanding their health conditions (cited by 87%), engagement in one’s own health (80%) and aids overall quality of care (77%).

Showcasing growing engagement, roughly three-fourths (77%) of seniors prefer to use self-care technology to track their health. And more seniors monitored their weight, dietary intake, cholesterol and physical activity in 2016 than did in 2014.

For example, more seniors used digital tools to track their weight (73% in 2016 vs 59% in 2014), monitor dietary intake (61% vs 51%), manage cholesterol (59% vs 45%) and track physical activity (52% vs. 43%).

Like the general population, 28% of seniors would prefer remote health visits if it meant seeing the doctor more frequently. Seniors cite reduced costs to patients (59%) and accommodation of both patient (55 per cent) and physician (41%) schedules as the top advantages of virtual visits.

Further, four in every five (82%) of seniors are more likely to choose a provider who offers online appointment management, compared to 70% of the entire population. And 83% of the 55+ group are more willing to choose a provider who offers email or text reminders for preventative or follow-up care, compared to 67% of the general population.

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