Families who have children with special health care needs can be overwhelmed by navigating the complex process of transitioning from pediatric to adult-based care. Technology such as mobile devices can empower families to begin planning early, ask the right questions and access resources to make this transition easier. Because 73% of teens have access to a smartphone and digital content appeals to children and young adults, mobile devices and apps can engage and encourage young adults to participate more fully in their own transition to adulthood. With the explosion in the app market, there are a variety of patient-centered apps available that can assist with many areas of transition such as managing health information, incentivizing healthy activities, facilitating medication reminders, and improving communication with providers. This course will review the core elements of transition and then will add education on incorporating mobile devices and apps into the transition process. Features within common electronic medical record systems which assist with transition will also be discussed. There is a tremendous amount of information to share with families and digital mechanisms for sharing this information is now in place thus supplementing or replacing traditional written materials used in the past.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide examples on how to incorporate mobile technology use into the transition process.
  • Demonstrate the advantages of a digital format for use by the transitioning patient and family over traditional materials.
  • Increase familiarity with new mobile technology apps that will decrease gaps in information access and exchange.

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