Article Abstract

Leveraging mobile technologies to improve longitudinal quality and outcomes following bariatric surgery

Authors: Alirio deMeireles, Rachel Ross, Amir A. Ghaferi


Obesity is the leading cause of death worldwide and a significant contributing factor to heart disease, diabetes, and many other life-limiting health burdens (1). In the United States alone, the prevalence of obesity rose from 30.5% in 2000 to 39.8% in 2016 and has been cited as a leading factor in the slowing of US mortality improvement over the last few decades (2,3). Without a doubt, the obesity epidemic requires careful attention as the search for medical, environmental, and health policy solutions to this complex problem continues.