LAKE NONA, Fla. – A model connected home in the planned community of Laureate Park integrates health-centric technologies and wellness solutions to reimagine the future of home health care.
“We’re not aware of a home with this magnitude of assets and collaborations,” said Jessi Blakley, director of communications and public relations for Tavistock Development Company, the development company responsible for Laureate Park.
The Wellness Home built on Innovation and Technology (WHIT) is an initiative of the Lake Nona Institute. The smart home features three distinct areas representing various stages of innovation: fully developed wellness solutions that are commercially available; emerging solutions, where the home will serve as a living lab to test developing prototypes; and a concept development area managed by the University of Central Florida that features physical, projected and augmented reality to test the latest concepts and products.
With an emphasis on solutions that can help people stay healthy in their own homes as they age, or to help them manage chronic conditions, WHIT features platforms and technologies like an intelligent toilet that will conduct home-based urinalysis; an intelligent mirror that brings together a person’s most important health stats; and disruptive care platforms, including diabetes management, medication management, symptom checklists and predictive analysis for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions.
WHIT will be an ongoing project, with new technologies installed and incorporated as they are developed and introduced, Blakley said.
WHIT is open to the public, with tours available through an interactive app, depending on which area of health the visitor wants to focus on: The Built Environment, Sleep & Stress, Nutrition & Performance, Pediatric Care and Aging in Place.
Tavistock sees home health technologies as revolutionizing the way people take care of themselves, Blakley said.
“We believe that in the coming years health will take place in the home,” Blakley said. “Technology will be built right into the home of the future and it will be seamless.”