Healthcare Industry Adjusting as Home Care Technology Gains Momentum

New developments in senior care technology mean older folks are able to remain in their homes, and the health care industry is adjusting to this home-based model, according to Design News.

“The challenge in remote patient monitoring today is not the technology,” said Steven Dean, global healthcare segment lead for Freescale Semiconductor, in the article. “The technology has been available for at least a decade. Now, it’s more an issue of the reimbursement climate.”

Speaking on a recent Design News radio broadcast, “Embedded Angles for Medical Products,” Dean said that memory, processing, and communications technology have reached the point where many patients could be adequately monitored at home. He cited examples of big companies that have joined the home healthcare technology trend, including Verizon, Motorola Mobility, Qualcomm, and others. He also pointed to a recent study by Juniper Research that says the number of patients monitored via mobile networks will reach three million by 2016.

One of the fast-growing areas in home heathcare is cardiac monitoring, Dean said. More than 500,000 blood pressure monitors are expected to be wirelessly connected to the Internet by 2013. Meanwhile, a variety of medical equipment manufacturers are working on cardiac technology — including heart rate monitors and electrocardiograms (ECGs) — that could fit inside a device slightly larger than a conventional Band-Aid.

Check out the full article at Design News.

Written by Alyssa Gerace

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