Ten business opportunities for the electrical contracting sector [E-BOOK]

3. Telemedicine: medical home care

From smart ageing to telemedicine is only a small step. The architecture of a house can be enriched with sensors and technology to gather medical information that could be vital for people who live alone. Home care becomes much easier with remote systems for measuring blood pressure and heart rate or monitoring other health parameters. Care for the handicapped, those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, and dementia can benefit from such technology. New technologies can complement traditional care, while increasing comfort for patients and caretakers alike. Automatically calling for help or videoconferencing with therapists are other examples. Increasing the autonomy of patients meets most people’s preference for being cared for in their own home. Encouraging home care instead of hospitalization answers some of society’s financial burdens regarding our rapidly ageing population.

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