Wearables and Welfare – How Connected Assistance Helps to Improve Lives

Wearables and Welfare – How Connected Assistance Helps to Improve Lives
11 Aug

Nowadays we have a life expectancy that is growing by a rate of 2-3 months every year It is foreseen than in 2060, one third of the population in Europe will be over 65

An aging population means that healthcare expenditure is getting more substantial, with more complex and costly treatments becoming commonplace to help the elderly In the years to come many governments will face hard choices between higher taxes, a change in tax systems, or a reduced government role in providing healthcare Connected Assistance solution aims to address some of these concerns by offering a ‘life management’ service for the vulnerable and elderly The solution is made of several components: At its heart is the patient: by wearing a Smartwatch and using other connected health sensors (scale, blood pressure, glucometer, …), the patient’s vital data can be easily collected by patients, and automatically made available to the people forming their Assistance Network: mainly familiars and formal caregivers such as doctors and nurses Doctors can monitor the patients progress in real-time, continually updating their individual medical strategy and health objectives

But also family members can follow all this data and be proactive in detecting any potential problem Patients will also be able to get reminders about medication intakes, next appointments or diet recommendations On one hand it will help them to manage their health and on the other hand it will allow caregivers to validate they have done it Additionally, patients will also have a quick ‘help’ button that can be pushed in times of emergency As a result, it will send an automatic message to their assistance network notifying the alert with the position of the patient As we have seen, Connected Assistance solution combines wearable technology and connected objects within an Assistance Network to help patients to live independently, while offering peace of mind to family and loved ones, and monitoring capabilities from formal caregivers

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