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New horizons in the role of digital data in the healthcare of older people.

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Todd, Oliver 
Burton, Jennifer K 
Wolff, Christopher 
Walesby, Katherine E 


UNLABELLED: There are national and global moves to improve effective digital data design and application in healthcare. This New Horizons commentary describes the role of digital data in healthcare of the ageing population. We outline how health and social care professionals can engage in the proactive design of digital systems that appropriately serve people as they age, carers and the workforce that supports them. KEY POINTS: Healthcare improvements have resulted in increased population longevity and hence multimorbidity. Shared care records to improve communication and information continuity across care settings hold potential for older people. Data structure and coding are key considerations. A workforce with expertise in caring for older people with relevant knowledge and skills in digital healthcare is important.



data, digital, frailty, older people, workforce, Humans, Aged, Delivery of Health Care, Aging, Caregivers, Communication, Longevity

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Age Ageing

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Oxford University Press (OUP)
MRC (MR/T023902/1)
JM is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), (NIHR302270 Advanced Fellowship). OT is funded as an academic clinical lecturer funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). JKB is a funded co-applicant on the DACHA study which is funded by the NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research programme (NIHR 127234). KEW is supported by clinical research fellowships from Alzheimer Scotland and The University of Edinburgh Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, part of the cross council Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Initiative (MR/L501530/1). Funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) is gratefully acknowledged. JvO received funding from National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship 300901. VLK is funded by an MRC/NIHR Clinical Academic Research Partnership Grant (CARP; grant code: MR/T023902/1). EV has time funded by the National Institute for Health (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Greater Manchester and the NIHR Clinical Research network Greater Manchester hosted through Manchester University hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She also holds an Honorary Clinical Chair through the Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester. The Ageing Data Research Collaboration (@geridata) is supported by the British Geriatrics Society.