WESTMINSTER, Md. – The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory is about to go live with two smart homes equipped with monitoring technology to improve health care for a population of medically fragile adults with intellectual disabilities.
“There are lots of problems to be solved,” said Dr. Robert Wack, board president of MAGIC. “Even if we just make a dent, it will be a significant savings.”
The MAGIC smart homes, which are managed by a local nonprofit agency, combine telemedicine and in-home monitoring to reduce emergency room visits, decrease unplanned medical appointments and decrease staff time spent on unplanned medical care for the residents of the homes. The homes use gigabit broadband provided by Ting Internet with ADTRAN technology.
Inside each home, a variety of sensors will be incrementally deployed and connected to an intelligent integration platform, which will collect, analyze and report data, and send alerts proactively and in real-time. The technology will also provide administrative support to the homes’ staff and perform typical smart home functions like heat, door locks and kitchen appliances.
“We’re trying to replicate in the home setting the information collection and analysis that takes place in the hospital,” said Wack. “It’s kind of a Big Data approach to health care problems.”
The technology makes the house become another set of eyes and ears that will tell caregivers if a patient needs to see a doctor because their pattern has changed, Wack said.
“Somebody can see into the patterns through the data and know what to do without ever having to leave the home,” he said. “That’s real telehealth.”