As of 2012, about half of American adults, roughly 117 million people, had one or more chronic health conditions. And these conditions are costly. The total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in the U.S. in 2012, for example, was $245 billion. Over a quarter of the cost was due to decreased productivity — costs associated with people being absent from or less productive at work or not being able to work at all because of diabetes.
In 2015, we launched new programs and made good progress with existing programs that use mobile technology to improve the health of people who can’t always get the healthcare support they need. Some are lower-income people struggling with chronic diseases, some are older people isolated due to language or cultural barriers, some live in rural and hard-to-reach areas, and some are teenagers living in unstable home environments. Through partnerships with community groups, nonprofit healthcare providers and other groups, we’re delivering technology and education to empower these men, women and children to take control of their health.
Around the world
Access to critical and reliable care is a problem worldwide. Through remote care and telemedicine, we are working to help people in vulnerable populations get the medical attention they need to help manage their disease and live healthier lives.
Domestic violence and chronic conditions
Research has shown a link between domestic violence against women and an increase in chronic health conditions.
A survey commissioned by Verizon and MORE Magazine found that 70 percent of adult American women over the age of 21 have a chronic health condition. That number rises to 81 percent among women who have experienced any form of domestic violence.
This is especially serious given that 44 percent of the approximately 1,000 women surveyed said they experienced a form of domestic violence, including physical, emotional, sexual or economic abuse.
At Verizon, we’re applying our resources to address this pressing issue immediately, while also identifying solutions for the future. Learn more about the link between domestic violence and chronic conditions in women and see what we are doing to help make a difference in the lives of the women affected.
View these resources for more information on domestic violence:
- Futures Without Violence
- Health Cares About IPV
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline
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