The Growing Role of Technology in the Care of Older Adults With Diabetes

Elbert S. Huang*, Alan Sinclair, Paul R. Conlin, Tali Cukierman-Yaffe, Irl B. Hirsch, Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, Anna R. Kahkoska, Lori Laffel, Alexandra K. Lee, Sei Lee, Kasia Lipska, Graydon Meneilly, Naushira Pandya, Monica E. Peek, Anne Peters, Richard E. Pratley, Diana Sherifali, Elena Toschi, Guillermo Umpierrez, Ruth S. WeinstockMedha Munshi

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The integration of technologies such as continuous glucose monitors, insulin pumps, and smart pens into diabetes management has the potential to support the transfor-mation of health care services that provide a higher quality of diabetes care, lower costs and administrative burdens, and greater empowerment for people with diabetes and their caregivers. Among people with diabetes, older adults are a distinct sub-population in terms of their clinical heterogeneity, care priorities, and technology integration. The scientific evidence and clinical experience with these technologies among older adults are growing but are still modest. In this review, we describe the current knowledge regarding the impact of technology in older adults with diabetes, identify major barriers to the use of existing and emerging technologies, describe areas of care that could be optimized by technology, and identify areas for future research to fulfill the potential promise of evidence-based technology integrated into care for this important population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1455-1463
Number of pages9
JournalDiabetes Care
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2023


FundersFunder number
International Geriatric Diabetes Society
International Geriatric Diabetes Technology Workshop
Novo Nordisk, Inc.
National Institutes of HealthP30 DK092949, R01 DK127961, R01 AG063391, R01 AG060756, UL1 TR002541, K24 AG069080, R01 DK114098
National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Aging
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsI01 HX003527
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
National Center for Advancing Translational SciencesKL2TR002490
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
National Academy of MedicineDP3DK113358, R01 DK122603, U01 DK127392, U01 DK135131
National Academy of Medicine
Abbott Diabetes Care
Diabetes Research Connection


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