We think of retirement homes with yellowing curtains and a boxy TV in the corner when most of us talk of senior care. By the year 2050, however, 20% of the population will be occupied in older adults. Senior care is a burgeoning market with new tech opportunities, particularly as the assumption that older people are not using technology is inaccurate.
Nevertheless, digital innovation is being welcomed by the population of senior caregivers, and older people themselves are increasingly using technology.
Technology Advancing to Help Seniors
1. Medical-Alert Systems
Many seniors prefer to live separately, rendering essential items of medical-alert systems. In the event of an accident, such as a fall, these devices allow the elderly to seek assistance. These come in many ways, ranging from smartphone or wearable items to more traditional home devices.
We are becoming sufficiently advanced to track the level of activity and sleep habits of the patient, allowing caregivers to know if there is a high risk of falling due to fatigue. There are even some systems that warn the staff and offer a GPS location if a dementia patient has gone beyond a pre-set range.
Telemedicine, one of the fastest-growing areas in senior-care technology, enables medical professionals and loved ones to get a deeper and more comprehensive look at the health and well-being of the elderly in their care. It technology allows remote monitoring and video conferencing so that a doctor can continue with fewer office visits on top of patient care.
Exposure to this type of information not only benefits the providers involved, but also provides the patient with a comprehensive look at their own health status, helping them to make better day-to-day decisions.
3. Artificial Intelligence
For voice-activated home assistants, there is potential development. With devices such as the Amazon Echo or Google Home, voice activation could be used to operate several things around the house for wheelchair-bound or bed-bound people.
This technology could minimize falls among elderly people, a leading cause of death, as well as give them a sense of control back. The area of senior care is likely to experience rapid growth with the number of home-healthcare workers on the decline.
4. Doctors Moving Online
Electronic medical records and electronic health records have replaced the paper charts that we used to see in doctor’s offices with digital records, and they are used to keep track of patient data, diagnoses and treatments.
This gives caretakers and physicians the ability to transfer and share data. Doctors can change orders or intervene in real-time if needed, and patients receive better medical care when doctors have accurate information.
The ability to quickly transfer data to physicians, communicate effectively, and keep records in an accessible format will help to reduce medical errors. Medical software can identify errors such as contraindications and allergies, produce reports, and find patterns and trends to improve diagnosis and treatments.
The Industry is Changing
Senior care is no longer about embracing technology, it is about creativity, and understanding of relevant technologies and trends is crucial for entrepreneurs in the tech industry, as opportunities abound.
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