Patients and healthcare providers around the world have realized that relying solely on hospital systems would no longer be a viable option. Industry experts believe that continued advancements in home care devices and services will help ease the current strain on the global healthcare system.
The technology has proven to be extremely critical for home health care. Current and upcoming advancements in home care technologies are not only designed for effective disease control, but also encourage and enable individuals to live independently.
Technological interventions were complex and expensive in the past. However, the growing need and demand for convenient and efficient remote monitoring of patients, the development of new and innovative technologies and the availability of sufficient funds have led to increased accessibility to low cost technologies and devices.
New affordable home gadgets aren’t just popular among geriatricians looking to age at home. The customer base quickly expanded to include new patient groups, such as those with chronic illnesses, children and diabetics. It will certainly pave the way for a better future for patients and healthcare providers.
Growing use of biosensors to monitor geriatric health
When it comes to home care for geriatrics, there are several innovative technologies and gadgets that have been seamlessly integrated into the sector of assisted living or senior living, or so called more largely geriatric care services. From a strictly medical perspective, recent technologies for monitoring the health of the elderly include blood pressure monitoring devices, oxygen therapy devices, patient temperature management devices, and monitoring devices. cardiac and heart rhythm management (CRM).
An NBC News article highlights the growing adoption of sensor technology in the United States, especially for the elderly. Allowing a better estimation of the metabolic state of a patient or an individual in a remote location, biosensors allow constant monitoring of elderly people who suffer from a number of different diseases but choose to live independently, outside hospitals and nursing homes. The NBC article discusses the use of these sophisticated sensors to track the walking speed, heart rate, and even sleep patterns of an elderly couple. This discreet technology also sends alerts in the event of an emergency, allowing rapid intervention by family members or caregivers. Like several medical device companies, research organizations, and medical universities, ElderTech, Missouri, has studied the importance of home sensor networks integrated into the environment and their suitability for detecting changes in health in people. elderly.
Development of portable digital devices for remote monitoring of heart conditions
As the medical device industry undergoes a tectonic shift with the advent of telemedicine, the field of cardiology has also felt the benefits that come with it. The increasing incidence of cardiovascular disorders and the subsequent need for constant monitoring of ambulatory patients has led to a demand for cardiac monitoring and heart rhythm management (CRM). Home care is one of the primary end users of these devices, with a steadily increasing demand for ECG and cardiac monitors, Holter monitors, event monitors and ILR (implantable loop recorder).
Interviewing the founders of Eko Devices, The New York Times talks about the growing competition in the telemedicine industry. Eko is one of many cardiovascular care companies to capitalize on home health care industry.
In a recent development, the company has developed a digital stethoscope intended specifically for home heart patients. This innovative palm-sized device called DUO has the potential to change the way heart patients are monitored. Combining EKG or EKG and electronic stethoscope in one device, DUO offers unprecedented insight into cardiac functions. This includes monitoring and rapid examination of heart rhythms and sounds to enable advanced bedside analysis and, if necessary, remote care.
Need for constant blood sugar monitoring drives demand for diabetes devices
With medical devices increasingly interconnected thanks to the increasing penetration of the internet, the increasing use of smartphones and a multitude of other medical devices and the expansion of hospital networks, diabetes detection and management at home have become not only practical but rather effective. Today there is a wide range of devices for diabetes, promising fast and precise results. The user-friendly design of most devices and the increasing awareness levels of the diabetic population around the world have resulted in a rather massive market for self-monitoring devices for home use.
A recent research article sponsored and reviewed by Avantes BV – a leading innovator in the development and application of miniature spectrometers, emphasizes the need for non-invasive diabetes diagnosis and monitoring. In order to detect and treat diabetes before it gets out of hand, constant monitoring and maintenance of blood sugar is essential, and for a very long time existing diagnostic standards and therapies have been extremely invasive. In addition, the management of this disease outside of hospital settings was extremely difficult. However, advanced medical detection technologies have made blood sugar monitoring and diabetes testing easy and non-invasive. The latest innovations have also ensured convenient and user-friendly insulin self-delivery devices.
Wearable technology has been one of the most important innovations to benefit and empower diabetics around the world. These devices have enabled diabetics to take charge of their own health outside of the doctor’s clinic and effectively manage the disease. Interestingly, smartwatches have shown immense potential for enabling needle-free blood sugar monitoring over time. Apple Inc. is said to be working on developing sensors for blood sugar monitoring, a breakthrough that could turn devices like the Apple Watch into a way to monitor important vital signs. The goal is to develop sensors capable of non-invasively and regularly monitoring blood sugar levels to help diabetics treat the disease from the comfort of their home.
A New York Times article recently shed light on the shrinking community of home health workers or personal care workers in the United States According to Paul Osterman of the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, if the As the number of home care workers continues to decline, the country will face a shortage of around 350,000 paid care providers by 2040. This alarming fact makes the development of advanced monitoring devices even more crucial. patients.
With this need in mind, companies are looking to design technologies that will somewhat replace human service providers with digital home health assistants. To put that in perspective, home health assistants are now testing Amazon’s Echo platform as a home health assistant. Researchers hope the companion online app will be increasingly responsive to client needs, keep family caregivers informed at all times, and effectively streamline alerts, reminders and functions.
This opportunity is sure to capture the interest of tech giants such as Google, Apple and Amazon, giving them the opportunity to become pioneers in home healthcare.
Source by Nishita Pereira