Medical home monitoring services with integrated connectivity—Do Baby Boomers agree?

-May 09, 2012

The Swedish research firm Berg Insight recently released a report finding that about 2.2 million people worldwide were using remote health monitoring devices by the end of 2011.
More than 200 million people in Europe and the US suffer chronic disease that could be handled at home rather than the hospital with remote monitoring, according to the Administration on Aging (AOA).
My friend, Steven Dean, Freescale’s Medical Market Lead for the Americas, discusses his company’s Home Health Hub (HHH) Reference Platform on his blog “Medical by Design” as it relates to this very important topic of remote patient monitoring. The HHH recently won the prestigious EETimes / EDN ACE Award at Design West for best Development Kits, Reference Designs & SBCs.
More than half of all Baby Boomers said that they would rather age at home than assisted living, retirement homes, etc.
The signing of the Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011, by California Governor Jerry Brown may be a strong driver in the growth in the remote health monitoring market . The law, which was passed last month, reduces the restrictions about who can provide care using telehealth-expanding eligibility to all licensed healthcare professionals.
By making it easier to provide such care through the state’s Medicaid program and under certain circumstances for patients who have private insurance. Hospital credentialing for telehealth also was made easier, according to a California Telemedicine and eHealth Center news release. The law drops the term “telemedicine” in favor of “telehealth.”
What are your thoughts/ideas in improving home health care with electronics technology?

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